MEXICO CITY, Oct. 29 — RIA Novosti, Dmitry Znamensky. The number of victims of the earthquake that struck Friday off the southern coast of Peru, has risen to 83, according to the Peruvian edition "Comercio" on Saturday.
Previously, local authorities reported 16 wounded.
According to the paper, most of the victims — in the city of Ica, where 41 people were injured.
The earthquake destroyed or caused serious damage to 132 houses. At the same time, said, "Comercio", the work of coal mining and oil companies in the country elements had no effect.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the 6.9 magnitude quake was located 52 kilometers south of Ica and 299 km south-east of the capital Lima. Hearth lies at a depth of 15 kilometers. The threat of a tsunami was not announced. Tremors were felt strongly in Lima, according to witnesses, the capital of "rock the building."
Over the past two days in the region were recorded numerous aftershocks, the magnitude of at least three of them reached 5.
In 2007, the Peruvian department of Ica in the 8.0-magnitude earthquake killed 519 people, with about 1.5 thousand people were injured. Nearly 17,000 people were left without electricity and phone service. Hardest hit the southern coast of the city of Chincha Alta, Pisco, Ica, and the country's capital Lima.
Peru passes through the Pacific "fire zone" — the band of volcanoes and tectonic faults up to 40 thousand kilometers. He circles the Pacific Ocean, passing along the coasts of North and South America to the southern part of Alaska, then turns to Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia, and ends near the island of New Guinea, New Zealand and South West Pacific.
It is in the "Ring of Fire" is the vast majority of the known volcanic planet. There are also 90% of all earthquakes in the world.