Earthquake In Peru Today
October 29, 2011 by staff
Earthquake In Peru Today, A magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook the western coast of Peru, shaking residents in the cities still recovering from an earthquake that killed over 500 people in 2007. No deaths were reported immediately.
The quake knocked out power and sent people running from their homes near its center, 286 kilometers (178 miles) south-southeast of Lima. In Ica, which was devastated by the earthquake of magnitude 8 in 2007, a wall of the cathedral and the church tower collapsed, along with several mud-brick buildings, said Juan Carlos Romani, a spokesman for the city council .
“It was very strong but fast,” Romani said in a telephone interview from Ica, adding power and telephone service had not fully returned. “Lasted ten seconds at most, but it was very violent.”
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 5-magnitude aftershock about 90 minutes after the initial quake.
Twenty people with injuries to go to the hospital in Ica, Radioprogramas said. Nine people were injured in Lima, where buildings shook a few minutes and had to be evacuated amid aftershocks after the earthquake in 2.54 pm New York time. No immediate damage was reported in the capital.
Three people were injured when a wall of his mud house collapsed in Ca?ete, 130 km south of Lima, Peru’s civil authority of Defense.
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Southern Copper Corp., Peru’s largest producer of metal, was not damaged in its mines and smelters in the southern region, a spokesman for the company. Pluspetrol SA said its Camisea natural gas well was not damaged and is operating normally.
The overall Lima stocks rose in the hour after the quake to close 0.2 percent to 2044.34. The sun stood at 2.7067 per U.S. dollar.
President Ollanta Humala, who is in Paraguay for an annual summit of leaders from Latin America, said he will return to Peru if the situation becomes serious.
“We must continue with our daily lives,” Humala told reporters in Asuncion. “Earthquakes are something we can not predict.”
Special army battalions operating in the area to remove the debris left by the 2007 earthquake are ready to respond to damage caused by earthquake today, Humala said.
The tide returned to normal after going to 100 meters along the coast where the earthquake struck, the civil defense authority said on its website. No tsunami warning was issued.
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