Chaos and panic: the earthquake in southern Peru

At least 83 people were injured in the quake, which occurred on Friday, October 28, at the southern coast of Peru. As reported by the Associated Press, according to local media reports, the hospital asked for help more than a hundred people.

Tremors were felt most strongly in the coastal towns, including in the cities of Ica, Pisco and Lima. In the capital, according to witnesses, was evident as the "swing of the building." Element completely destroyed or partially damaged more than 130 houses. Fearing to be under the rubble, people gathered in the streets and squares.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the 6.9 magnitude quake was located 299 kilometers south-east of Lima. Hearth lies at a depth of 15 kilometers. Over the past two days in the region were recorded numerous aftershocks.

In 2007, the Peruvian department of Ica in the 8.0-magnitude earthquake killed 519 people, nearly a thousand were injured. Nearly 17,000 people were left without telephone service and electricity. Then also the hardest hit town of the southern coast.


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