7.5 magnitude earthquake in Peru

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(CNN) — President Martin Vizcarra has declared “force majeure” — an official defense mechanism, a government announcement states that they do not know the details of what the impact the recent devastating earthquake in Peru will be, but nevertheless they are “prepared to help the affected populations in any way possible”.

The tremor, measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale, shook the South American country around midnight on April 30. When the shaking stopped, reports began to flood in of damage to buildings in the capital Lima.

More than 300 buildings were demolished, while the government reported four people killed and several dozen injured. An expert assessment is underway to evaluate the damage.

The quake was centered in Lima’s Serra de Caparica area, 33 kilometers south-southeast of Peru’s capital. The Andean country is located in the “Ring of Fire” — the 500-mile-wide volcanic and seismic zone where three-quarters of the world’s earthquakes occur.

The cause of the quake has not yet been officially determined. This latest tremor brings the total recorded earthquake tally since the end of January to 13.

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