A magnitude 7.5 earthquake has struck off the coast of Peru, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said Monday.
The quake initially struck about 10 miles west of the town of Caylloma, east of the capital Lima, at a depth of just over 10 miles, the USGS said.
Lima’s airport has been shut.
The Peru earthquake comes less than two weeks after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake shook the Pacific coast of Ecuador, killing at least 530 people.
President Lenin Moreno says his administration will focus on hardening ports and the infrastructure of the Andean nation’s capital.
“I’ve reached out to all parts of the government of Ecuador to express my condolences, to the families of those who have lost their lives in this great catastrophe that happened in Ecuador,” Moreno said.
The USGS issued a tsunami warning early Monday but canceled it within about 30 minutes.
President Moreno said that 10,000 soldiers and National Police will be deployed to assist with relief efforts.
He also said the coast of Lima was shaken, describing the quake as “very strong.”
“We need calm. We have this discussion about if we should evacuate. We also need calm because we need to help everyone. This is a moment for national cohesion. This is the first thing I want to talk about. This earthquake did not cause any damage to the capital,” Moreno said.
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