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IndianPrincessSIP
08-15-2007, 07:11 PM
Powerful Earthquake Strikes Peru


http://apnews.myway.com//article/20070816/D8R1QLI81.html

Aug 15, 9:37 PM (ET)

By LESLIE JOSEPHS

(AP) A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake shook the central coast of Peru Wednesday.




LIMA, Peru (AP) - A powerful earthquake shook Peru's coast near the capital on Wednesday, toppling some houses in Lima and causing alarmed residents to flee into the street for safety. A tsunami warning was issued for South America's Pacific coast based on the strength of the quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.5 magnitude temblor hit about 90 miles southeast of Lima at a depth of 25 miles. It was followed by two strong aftershocks that registered at magnitudes 5.8 and 5.9.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. Associated Press reporters said the quake shook Lima for more than a minute and that some homes had collapsed in the city's center.

Firefighters said some street lights and windows shattered in Lima and that hundreds of workers were evacuated from office buildings and remained outside, fearing aftershocks.

The quake also knocked out telephone service and mobile phone service in the capital. Firefighters were called to put out a fire in a shopping center.

Callers to Radio Programas, Peru's main news station, said parts of several cities in southern Peru had been hit with blackouts.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for the coasts of Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Colombia, and a tsunami watch from Panama to Mexico.

It also issued a tsunami advisory for the U.S. state of Hawaii. The center said it did not know if a tsunami had been generated.

The last time a quake of magnitude 7.0 or larger struck Peru's central coast was in 1974 when a magnitude 7.6 hit in October followed by a 7.2 a month later.

The latest Peru quake occurred in a subduction zone where one section of the Earth's crust dives under another, said USGS geophysicist Dale Grant at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.

Some of the world's biggest quakes strike in subduction zones including the catastrophic Indian Ocean temblor in 2004 that generated deadly tsunami waves.

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Associated Press writer Alicia Chang in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

Bard
08-16-2007, 07:53 AM
Hundreds Die in Powerful Peruvian Quake
By MONTE HAYES,AP
Posted: 2007-08-16 09:35:08
Filed Under: World News


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LIMA, Peru (Aug. 16) -- A powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake shook Peru's coast near the capital, killing at least 337 people and injuring 827, the Civil Defense said early Thursday.


Photo Gallery: Coastal Regions Rattled
Andina / Reuters A man surveys the damage to his house Wednesday after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Peru. Powerful aftershocks followed.
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Civil Defense Commander Aristides Mussio released the figures on Peru's state television station, saying Wednesday's earthquake killed one person in Lima and 336 in the region of Ica, south of the capital.

The Civil Defense death toll of 337 first appeared on its Web site, but the organization's spokesman, Dario Ariola, refused to confirm the figure, which was much higher the numbers provided by the health minister. But minutes later Mussio appeared on television to announce the new death toll.

In the town of Pisco, "the dead are scattered by the dozens on the streets," Mayor Juan Mendoza told Lima radio station CPN, sobbing.

He said at least 200 people were buried under the rumble of a church that collapsed while they were attending a religious service.

"We don't have lights, water, communications. Most houses have fallen, churches, stores, hotels, everything is destroyed," Mendoza said.

Seventeen others were killed when a church collapsed in the city of Ica, home to 650,000 people, according to cable news station Canal N.

The government rushed police, soldiers, doctors and aid to Ica, but an APTN cameraman trying to reach the city reported that traffic was paralyzed on the Pan American Highway by giant cracks in the pavement and fallen power lines. He said hundreds of vehicles were backed up.

Deputy Health Minister Jose Calderon called the situation "dramatic" in Ica, a city of 650,000 people located 165 miles southeast of the capital.

News reports said dozens of people were crowding hospitals in the city seeking help even though the hospitals had suffered cracks and other structural damage.

Ica was blacked out as were smaller towns along the coast south of Lima. Residents of Chincha, a small town 90 miles southeast of Lima, reported that walls of homes had fallen in and numerous people had been hurt by falling bricks and broken glass.

An APTN cameraman who reached Chincha said he counted 30 bodies under bloody sheets on floor of the hospital, which was badly damaged.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday's earthquake hit at 6:40 p.m. (7:40 p.m. EDT) about 90 miles southeast of Lima at a depth of about 25 miles. Four strong aftershocks ranging from magnitudes of 5.4 to 5.9 were felt afterward.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for the coasts of Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama. A tsunami watch was issued for the rest of Central America and Mexico and an advisory for Hawaii.

The center canceled all the alerts after about two hours, but it said the quake had caused an estimated 10-inch tsunami near the epicenter.

"It wasn't big enough to be destructive," said Stuart Weinstein, the center's assistant director.

An Associated Press photographer said that some homes had collapsed in the center of Lima and that many people had fled into the streets for safety. The capital shook for more than a minute.

"This is the strongest earthquake I've ever felt," said Maria Pilar Mena, 47, a sandwich vendor in Lima. "When the quake struck, I thought it would never end."

Antony Falconi, 27, was desperately trying to get public transportation home as hundreds of people milled on the streets flagging down buses in the dark.

"Who isn't going to be frightened?" Falconi said. "The earth moved differently this time. It made waves and the earth was like jelly."

The quake also knocked out telephone and mobile phone service in the capital and to the provinces, making it impossible to communicate with the Ica area.

Firefighters were called to put out a fire in a shopping center. State doctors called off a national strike that began on Wednesday to handle the emergency.

Police reported that large boulders shook loose from hills and were blocking the country's Central Highway, which heads east into the Andes mountains.

President Alan Garcia also said public schools would be closed Thursday because the buildings may be unsafe.

The last time a quake of magnitude 7.0 or larger struck Peru was in September 2005, when a 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked Peru's northern jungle, killing four people. In 2001, a 7.9-magnitude quake struck near the southern Andean city of Arequipa, killing 71 people.

The latest Peru quake occurred in a subduction zone where one section of the Earth's crust dives under another, said USGS geophysicist Dale Grant at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado.

Some of the world's biggest quakes strike in subduction zones including the catastrophic Indian Ocean temblor in 2004 that generated deadly tsunami waves.

ravenblanc
08-17-2007, 07:28 AM
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSN1629631020070817

Peru quake disaster area hit by powerful aftershock
Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:17AM EDT

PISCO, Peru (Reuters) - Peruvian Rescue teams scrambled on Friday to find survivors in the disaster zone of a powerful earthquake that killed some 500 people and where an aftershock of 6.0 magnitude struck on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey and witnesses said.

The main quake of 8.0 magnitude hit on Wednesday and many of its victims were poor, killed when their flimsy mud-brick homes collapsed. Hospitals and morgues were overwhelmed, forcing residents to lay bodies out on city streets.

Reuters witness said there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries from the aftershock, centered around 145 km south of the capital on the coast.

The aftershock rattled Peruvians on Friday, sowing panic in the hardest-hit towns, south of the capital Lima, where volunteers tried to help emergency crews find the living and treat the injured.

Some 510 people have been confirmed dead and 1,000 wounded since the big quake, the United Nations said on Friday, quoting national and local authorities.

Thousands of people were homeless and forced to sleep outside. They complained of a lack of medical attention and emergency supplies.

The damage was worst in the cities of Canete, Chincha and Pisco.

The rescue of a man from the rubble of a collapsed church brought some hope to search teams in the town of Pisco.

"This is virtually a miracle, hopefully we can find more," said Carlos Cordova Gomez, chief of Peru's voluntary firefighters, who worked under floodlights to dig through the church ruins alongside police, soldiers and volunteers.

"For the time being we're going to keep on looking for bodies," said Felipe Aguilar, directing Army rescue efforts in the town. "For us, this is the priority right now, because we've already pulled one person out alive."

In the square where the devastated church once stood, hundreds of residents gathered in the only part of the town of 120,000 with any light after the quake, which cut electricity and phone lines and cracked major highways.

Pisco, famous for the grape liquor that bears its name, was worst affected by the quake along with the towns of Ica and Chincha, where hundreds of prisoners escaped from a jail when the tremor tore the old building apart.

President Alan Garcia visited the quake-hit areas on Thursday and sent condolences to the families of the victims.

Wednesday's quake was one of the worst natural disasters to hit the South American country during the last century. In 1970, an earthquake killed an estimated 50,000 Peruvians in catastrophic avalanches of ice and mud that buried the town of Yungay.

In downtown Lima, the Peruvian flag flew at half-mast after Garcia declared three days of national mourning