Peru has been hit by a major earthquake this morning, with massive 8.0 tremors impacting the coast. The South American country borders Brazil, where tremors can be felt according to the USGS. The earthquake hit the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. They briefly triggered worries a tsunami might follow.
Is there a tsunami warning?
Peru is in South America, just off the coast where a tsunami could impact Hawaii.
The massive intensity of the earthquake saw authorities immediately assess whether there was a tsunami threat.
According to the US Tsunami Warning System, there is no tsunami threat.
According to the USGS, an earthquake of this magnitude could cause major damage in places.
The USGS says a magnitude 8 earthquake can: “Damage slight in specially designed structures; considerable damage in ordinary substantial buildings with partial collapse.
“Damage great in poorly built structures.
“Fall of chimneys, factory stacks, columns, monuments, walls. Heavy furniture overturned.”
The USGS has issued a yellow “pager” alert assessing possible damage.
According to the service, there is a 46 percent chance 100 people could die.
There is a similar 35 percent chance £75 million ($100 million) worth of costs could be incurred.
The warning specifies past alerts of this kind have warranted a regional response.
The USGS said buildings in the area are particularly vulnerable to earthquake tremors.
The service warned: “Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist.
“The predominant vulnerable building types are mud wall and ductile reinforced concrete frame construction.”
The following cities will have felt the strongest tremors:
– Santa Cruz
– Santa Isabel
Martín Vizcarra, President of the Republic of Peru took to Twitter to announce emergency procedures are underway.
He said: “The strong telluric movement that occurred early this morning was felt in several regions of the country.
“We are evaluating the affected areas. I ask all of our citizens to remain calm.
“The @COENPeru has been monitoring and assessing the situation.”