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8/17/2007

Peru Quake Death Toll Continues To Rise

Breaking Earth News
Peru, S.A.

An national day of mourning for the victims of the Peru earthquake has been announced.
The offical death toll has risen to 510.

More than 1,500 people were also injured in the tragedy, as houses collapsed in the centre of Lima and power was cut to some regions.

The quake hit about 90 miles south east of Lima near the town of Chincha Alta.

President Alan Garcia flew by helicopter to Ica, a city of 120,000 where a quarter of the buildings collapsed, and declared a state of emergency.

Authorities said the quake generated a tsunami but it was not big enough to be destructive so the official warning for Peru, Chile, Equador and Colombia was cancelled.

The quake is now being called ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S WORST NATURAL DISASTERS IN THE LAST 100 YEARS.

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