- The strong earthquake hit Sunday morning, about 500 miles north of the capital, Lima.
- A local official said three people were slightly injured.
- The highways are clogged with falling stones.
Damage is reported after a strong earthquake hit northern Peru early Sunday.
The US Geological Survey said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter scale. It struck at 5:52 a.m. local time on Sunday about 26 miles northwest of the coastal city of Barranca, about 500 miles north of the capital, Lima.
The Associated Press reported that many highways in the Amazonas and Cajamarca regions were blocked by falling stones.
A 400-year-old church lost its 45-foot-high tower in the earthquake, according to the Associated Press.
Mayor Walter Colke told Peruvian radio RPP that three people were slightly injured.
The tower, part of one of the oldest Catholic complexes in the area, has been turned into a pile of stones, according to videos and photos online.
The Associated Press reported that a church in Ecuador was also damaged.
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