• Short Summary

    In Peru official sources say that at least thirteen people were killed and about one thousand injured in an earthquake which shook the southern part of the country on Friday (16 February).

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    In Peru official sources say that at least thirteen people were killed and about one thousand injured in an earthquake which shook the southern part of the country on Friday (16 February).

    SYNOPSIS: This is Arequipa, Peru's second largest city, which suffered considerable damage in the quake. The tremors registered six point six on the Richter scale, with the epicentre about a hundred and twenty kilometres (about 68 miles) northeast of Arequipa. Four people died here and many were left homeless.

    Many buildings were either damaged or totally destroyed and some that were left standing were in need of support. Estimates on the amount of damage caused vary from five hundred thousand to one million U.S. dollars and the number of homeless runs into hundreds.

    The streets of Arequipa were almost deserted in the days that followed the earthquake, but little by little the disaster-stunned population started to resume their normal lives. Reports from the Chuquibamba district nearby said that the area was virtually uninhabitable, with ninety-five percent of the houses there destroyed. On Monday (19 February) rescue teams were still being sent in from Peru's capital, Lima -- especially to the town of Castilla, near Arequipa.

    The last major earthquake in Peru occurred in the north-central area of the country in May 1970. At least fifty thousand people were killed and one hundred thousand houses destroyed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD3K1RTHZQUAOZFXBFX4UM30JN
    Media URN:
    VLVAD3K1RTHZQUAOZFXBFX4UM30JN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/02/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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