Magnitude-6.5 earthquake jolts Peru, 11 injured

09:15, May 07, 2010      

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A magnitude-6.5 earthquake jolted Peruvian department of Tacna, bordering with Chile, injuring 11 people on Wednesday night, the Peruvian National Institute of Civil Defense (Indeci) said on Thursday, based on the reports of the regional authorities.

The Indeci said the injured people have received immediate medical care at the health center of the region.

According to the preliminary reports, the earthquake caused the cuts of water supply and telephone service, which by Thursday noon had been completely restored. There were also detected gaps and cracks in walls and structures of the Apoyo Hipolito Unanue Hospital and the patients were evacuated to a safe zone.

Landslides occurred in several parts of the highway connecting Tacna's capital with Locumba and Tarata provinces and machines were sent to the places to clean the roads.

The Regional Direction of Education of Tacna decided to suspend the school activities for 24 hours as a preventive measure due to the possibility of aftershocks.

Meanwhile, in Moquegua department, the Regional Committee of Civil Defense said that the quake damaged houses in Costa Verde settlement and the center of San Antonio town.

According to the Peruvian Geophysics Institute (IGP), the earthquake was registered on Wednesday night at 9:42 p.m. local time, measuring 6.5 on Richter scale, its epicenter was located 59 kilometers west to Tacna with a depth of 36 km, without generating an alert of tsunami.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:intern1)

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