A powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Amazon rainforest in north-central Peru on Sunday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Peru's National Emergency Operations Center registered a magnitude of 7.2 for the earthquake, according to the Associated Press (AP).
Pictures posted on Twitter by the Ministry of the Interior of Peru showed considerable damage and building collapses in Yurimaguas, a town with over 62,000 inhabitants.
#AHORA Información de la @PoliciaPeru en #Yurimaguas da cuenta sobre derrumbes de casonas en AA.HH. Las Praderas. Asimismo, en barrio de Macao, en el distrito de San Lorenzo, provincia Datem del Marañón, policías brindan protección y calma a población afectada. pic.twitter.com/gAc9UbNU1t
A video showed the facade of a church in Ecuador lying in ruins on the ground.
Local law enforcement agents were "patrolling the streets to calm down the population and receive information about housing collapses due to the strong earthquake," the Ministry of the Interior of Peru said.
Power outages have occurred in some communities, the AP reported.
"We are evaluating the affected areas," President of the Republic of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, said on Twitter. "I ask all of our citizens to remain calm."
"Daily showers and thunderstorms in the vicinity can slow cleanup and recovery efforts this week," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller. "There is also the threat for a local downpour."
The temblor struck 47 miles (75 km) southeast of Lagunas, Peru, at a depth of 68 miles (110 km) below the earth's surface. Lagunas is home to nearly 10,000 people.
The location of the powerful earthquake that struck Peru on Sunday, May 24, 2019, is noted by the star. (USGS)
The USGS issued a yellow alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses.
"Some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localized," the USGS stated. "Past yellow alerts have required a local or regional level response."