Quake shakes Peru’s south

Flights are still operating out of Peru’s international and domestic airport, Jorge Chávez International Airport after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the country’s southern coast yesterday.

Hitting south of the country’s capital, Lima, the quake is said to have been felt in surrounding cities including Ica, Chincha, Pisco, Ancansh, Huancayo, Huanuco, Arequipa and Cusco, Peru This Week reported.

Up to 199 people have been reported as injured while 16 houses were damaged during the quake.

Officials said they are evaluating Ica’s rural areas for any further harm and Ica’s Civil Defense Office head of Indeci Cesar Chonate explained that so far the majority of injuries have been minor.

"There is only one case of a pelvic fracture, which is considered more serious, but all the rest have been bumps, cuts, bruises, which have resulted from people trying to desperately evacuate their homes, and rolled down the stairs," Mr Chonate said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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