Peru Quake Destroys Homes, Injures Dozens

October 31, 2011

Peruvian authorities say 134 homes have been destroyed and 103 people treated at hospitals for injuries in a 6.9-magnitude quake just off the central coast.

Civil defense chief Alfredo Murgueytio tells The Associated Press most of the collapsed homes were of adobe. He says two adobe churches are damaged and in danger of collapsing, including the 18th century cathedral of the provincial capital of Ica.

Friday’s quake sent people running panicked into the streets in cities that were badly damaged four years earlier by a temblor that killed nearly 600 people.

At least nine aftershocks followed the Friday quake. The most significant had a 5.5 magnitude.

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