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Latino Daily News

Monday January 30, 2012

119 Injured in Peru from 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake

119 Injured in Peru from 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake

Photo: 6.2 Quake Hits Peru

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The magnitude-6.2 earthquake that struck southern Peru’s Ica region early Monday left 119 people injured and damaged 16 homes, authorities said.

The regional emergency services director, Cesar Chonate, said that the majority of injuries were from blows, cuts and bruises and arose from the desperation of people to get out of their homes when the quake struck.

“There is only one case - ... a pelvis fracture - that is considered to be more serious,” he told RPP radio.

Also, Health Ministry official Javier Correa confirmed that the majority of those who were injured were hurt only slightly.

Peruvian television broadcast images after the Ica quake in which families can be seen gathered together outside their houses, and many of those people preferred to spend the night out of doors because of the power outage and the danger of aftershocks.

The Ica city cathedral lost a few bricks from its facade, a bank suffered a cracked roof that is on the verge of collapsing and a house in the city’s downtown area lost one of its walls, according to RPP reporters on the scene.

Ica is the Peruvian region that is most affected by earthquakes given that it is located on the so-called Pacific “ring of fire” caused by the ongoing collision of subterranean tectonic plates.

The most recent devastating earthquake in Ica occurred in 2007 and killed about 500 people.