BBC News reports that on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 4:18 AM, an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 was recorded near Acari in the Arequipa region of southern Peru. One person is confirmed dead, dozens have been injured, and homes and roads collapsed.
The area between the South America and Nazca plates, where the tremor occurred, is prone to earthquakes, with 13 above magnitude 6.5 occurring over the past century, the US Geological Survey says.
The full report can be read by clicking the image below or on the BBC website.
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Credit Peru’s Presidential Palace, via Reuters
The New York Times recently featured an article about Barba Blanca, Peru, a small village destroyed by the recent flooding and mudslides. The RMF Peru team has since made plans to travel to Barba Blanca to evaluate the needs and offer medical services to the community.
Read a small excerpt below. Read the full article on The New York Times website.
“BARBA BLANCA, Peru — A sheet of mud covers the village. Lampposts are bent sideways. Rooftops sit...
“Flash floods and landslides hit parts of Lima, leaving some communities cut off from roads Saturday, as others in Peru fled rising rivers, and millions fretted that they won’t have drinking water.
The government announced Saturday that so far this year 72 people have died as a result of heavy rains and flash floods around the country.
Peru’s geographic extremes help fuel the often deadly force of the mudslides known locally as huaycos, the indigenous Quechua word for flash flood-landslide."
During the week of January 23rd, widespread torrential rainfall created flooding across many South American countries, including Perú. The rainfall caused the local rivers of Perú to overflow, and also caused mudslides. Our RMF Perú team quickly analyzed the effects of the flooding within the city center of Pisco, where RMF’s clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano is located.
Many families in the community were greatly affected by the flooding. RMF’s team began accepting donations of food, water, and clothing at our clinic, and has been distributing these to families in need. RMF Perú has also received donations of furniture and bedding...
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