Earthquake shakes Peru's north Pacific coast

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has shaken the north Pacific coast of Peru, sending people fleeing their homes and damaging a centuries old church

LIMA, Peru -- A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook the north Pacific coast of Peru on Friday, sending people fleeing their homes and damaging a centuries old church.

The earthquake caused many citizens of Sullana to leave their homes. Footage from local TV stations showed that part of the cornice on the façade of Piura’s cathedral, built in the 16th century, fell off.

The video also showed products scattered on the floor of a supermarket in Piura, about 615 miles (990 kilometers) north of the capital, Lima.

Earthquakes are frequent in Peru.

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