Earth Peru 20180114 IconOn January 14, 2018 at 4:18AM local time, an earthquake 6.9 magnitude hit south west Peru. The epicenter was located 56 km from the coast of Arequipa.

Moderate damage and power outage has been reported in some areas of the Departments of Arequipa, Ayacucho and Ica.
The MoH has established contact with the main health facilities and they are operational. Two deaths and 86 injured were reported injured, two of them would have required medevac. The Ministry of Health is coordinating the response in most of the affected areas in close contact with the National Civil Defense and the Military. Two small health centers are out of function and local and subnational medical teams have been activated to support health services in the affected areas if needed.

The overall response is under control by national institutions and no international support has been requested.

PAHO/WHO Country Office has offered support to the MInistry of Health and is closely monitoring the situation in permanent contact with the health and national EOCs.

This consultation presents key concerns, comments, and suggestions formulated by States Parties in the Americas during the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Formal Regional Consultations, held to expedite the revision and finalization of both, the draft Five-year global strategic plan to improve public health preparedness and response (Draft GSP) and the proposed Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the International Health Regulations (IHR MEF), through the Governing Bodies of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO), are summarized below. 

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BahamasJoaquin-icon(October 13, 2015) On October 1-3, 2015, Joaquin, a category 4 hurricane struck the Southern Bahamian Islands and directly impacted about 5000 people. The most severely affected islands include Crooked Island, Long Island, Acklins, Rum Cay, and San Salvador and access to these islands became restricted due to the major flooding and debris at the airports and across major roads.

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altEl Niño phenomenon has been a determining factor in the increase both in the magnitude and frequency of rainfall in South America, as well as triggering other meteorological phenomena. The rainy season, which began in late November, has led to flooding in Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia and Brazil, due to the overflow of the main rivers of the region.

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altA 7.2 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 10 km,  36 km away from Tecpan de Galeana, in the state of Guerrero, shook a wide area of Mexico on 18 April. The earthquake occurred within the "Guerrero Seismic Gap". It was felt across a half a dozen states and in Mexico City. One hospital in the colony of Ciudad Renacimiento and several hotels in the tourist area of the port were evacuated; blackouts were reported in several cities in Guerrero.