A strong earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale jolted southern Peru on Wednesday, triggering landslides and rockfalls that disrupted traffic in the region. The tremor, which was also felt in the country’s capital, Lima, occurred at 7:11 a.m. local time with its epicenter located 11 kilometers south-southeast of the district of Iray in the Arequipa region.
Despite the magnitude of the earthquake, the National Institute of Civil Defense reported no significant material damage or casualties at the time. However, small landslides were recorded on some roads, causing traffic congestion and difficulties in transit in those areas.
Local media and social networks were witnesses to the visual impact of the landslides, showing the extent of the impact on the roads and the resulting congestion. Renzo Pastor, the mayor of Aplao, stated, “We don’t have any human lives affected so far today. We are identifying homes, but there are a lot of damaged roads. What we have to do is permanent cleaning.”
Earthquakes are unpredictable events that can cause significant damage to structures and endanger people’s lives. It is important to take certain precautionary measures during an earthquake. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States released a report on what to do during a quake, emphasizing the importance of taking three actions to stay protected. These include crouching on hands and knees before the earthquake knocks you down, taking cover under furniture or against an interior wall if there is no nearby shelter, and staying put and not running outside or to other rooms during the movement.
Furthermore, the CDC advises people not to stand in a doorway and to protect their heads and necks, preferably under a sturdy table or desk. Additionally, it is recommended not to use elevators, as it is possible that the power will be cut off and sprinkler systems will be activated. In the event of an earthquake in a stadium or theater, it is suggested not to leave until the shaking stops.
Overall, it is essential to be prepared for earthquakes, especially in countries like Peru that are located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, where earthquakes are a common occurrence. It is important to stay informed about safety procedures and to have a well-thought-out plan in place in the event of an earthquake.