The earth grumbled in southern Peru in a 5.2-magnitude earthquake that killed at least four people*.

A 66-year old US citizen who was staying in a local lodge is among the deceased, the AFP reports. According to local officials, the quake, which struck on Sunday night, injured 52 people and destroyed some 80 homes in the region of Arequipa, writes Andes Correspondent Andes Schipani.

Peru’s vice-president, Martín Vizcarra, is heading to the most affected areas to assess the damage and deliver aid. The Yanque, Achoma and Maca districts were hard hit. Hours before the quake, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, had visited Arequipa which was battling cold snap.

Almost a decade ago, Peru, which is a seismic country, was hit by an 8.0-magnitude quake which killed hundreds of people. Earlier this year an earthquake ravaged the coast of its northern neighbour, Ecuador.

*This post has been updated to reflect the official death-toll of at least four individuals. A prior estimate had suggested that at least nine people had been killed.

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