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112 people injured in Peru earthquake

By Star-Advertiser news services


LIMA, Peru >> Peruvian authorities say 112 people have been treated for injuries after a magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck the country's central coast. They say none of the injuries are life-threatening.

The earthquake did not generate a tsunami.

Regional civil defense director Cesar Chonate says a boy was hospitalized with a fractured hip but most injuries were minor and included heart palpitations as people fled homes in panic.

Chonate says 16 homes suffered some damage in the quake, which struck at 11 minutes after midnight, nine miles southeast of Ica.

The city was badly damaged by a magnitude-8 earthquake in August 2007 and also suffered damage in a quake last October.

The U.S. Geological Survey says Monday's quake was at a depth of 24 miles.

The temblor knocked out power temporarily and damaged buildings near the epicenter in Ica, Peru’s civil defense authority said.

The quake shook buildings in Lima and was felt in cities in the southern highlands and along Peru’s northern coast. Residents concerned the quake might trigger a tsunami fled their homes in the port of Pisco in Ica. 

Southern Copper Corp., Peru’s largest producer of the metal, didn’t sustain any damage at its mines or smelter, said a company official briefed on the matter, declining to be named because of company policy. Pluspetrol SA said its Camisea natural gas plant in the coastal port of Pisco is operating normally.

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