One killed in Peru quake

July 9th, 2008 - 11:54 am ICT by IANS  


Lima, July 9 (IANS) At least one person was killed and five others were injured after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Peru’s southern province of Arequipa, Spain’s EFE news agency reported. Florentino Morales Cayo, 93, was fatally injured Tuesday when a wall on the second floor of his house collapsed on top of him. He died at a hospital.

The quake occurred at 0913 GMT and its epicentre was located some 720 km from the capital Lima.

Official reports said a number of homes and roads were damaged in the quake.

Last year, at least 600 people were killed and over 70,000 were displaced from their homes after a powerful quake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale jolted Peru’s southern Pacific coast.

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