Global Volunteers in Peru: Earthquake Shakes Peru
A strong earthquake hit Peru's coast about 90 miles southeast of Lima yesterday at about 6:40 Central Time. Global Volunteers' team of volunteers were all at their hotel, and were not harmed. Volunteers continue to work with children at the The PPA (Puericultorio Augusto Perez Aranibar).
A Tsunami warning was also issued last night but was quickly canceled. Waves from the ocean were crashing onto streets near the airport in Lima but quickly calmed. At this point it does not appear that there will be any interruption to flights home for volunteers who were scheduled to leave on Saturday.
The PPA (Puericultorio Augusto Perez Aranibar) which cares for the 450 plus children that their volunteers work with had no damage and all of the children and staff are ok. The children of course were scared. Volunteers will hopefully lend a calming presence to the children today, however due to the earthquake all schools are canceled today for mandatory inspections of all school buildings.
Communication in country is currently difficult. If you have any concerns they invite you to contact Global Volunteers main office at 800-487-1074.
Contact: Diane Fredricksen
Director of International Operations