Thursday, August 16, 2007

Peru - 7.9 earthquake kills hundreds

A massive earthquake has hit Peru measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale. At least 337 people were killed and 1,300 injured in the earthquake which struck at 18.41 local time [23:41 GMT]. One witness told CNN he initially thought it was an aeroplane passing over then the building started shaking for well over a minute. Many major routes have been cut off and a state of emergency has been declared by the Peruvian president Alan Garcia. Most casualties were reported in the town of Ica, 265 km south of the capital Lima [BBC / CNN].

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