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    Central Peru was rocked by a violent earthquake on Thursday (3 October).

    The Government said the?

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    Central Peru was rocked by a violent earthquake on Thursday (3 October).

    The Government said the tremor -- which rose to force 8 on the Mercali Scale -- may have killed a hundred people and injured more than a thousand.

    Some 2,000 people have been reported missing in the 100-second earth-quake -- the severest in the area for 34 years.

    Minor tremors were still being felt in the region on Friday (4 October).

    The hardest hit areas in Thursday's 'quake were in the suburbs of the capital Lima and coastal towns and cities to the south where whole streets and clusters of shanty dwellings were levelled.

    But officials at Lima's Geophysical Institute said initial fears of a repetition of the 1970 earthquake in northern Peru, which killed at least 50,000 people, have proven unfounded.

    The 'quake struck on the sixth anniversary of the coup which brought General Juan Velasco Alvarado to power at the head of Peru's Revolutionary Government.

    SYNOPSIS: The suburbs of Peru's capital, Lima, on Friday where people -- aided by soldiers were beginning to reckon the terrible toll taken by an earthquake which rocked the whole of the central area of the country the day before.

    The Government has said the tremor -- which lasted for a hundred seconds -- may have killed a hundred people and injured more than a thousand. It;s the worst 'quake to hit this part of Peru for thirty-four years....experts put it at force eight on the Mercali Scale whose top rating is force twelve.

    At Canete, around ninety miles form Lima itself, the damage was just as bad.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9GZH64OUTBSB11C4DM0HJZ2V7
    Media URN:
    VLVA9GZH64OUTBSB11C4DM0HJZ2V7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/10/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
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    N/A

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