Peru Quake Leaves 8 Dead In Andean Villages

The 4.9 magnitude tremor hit southern Peru on Saturday night

Published by Anadolu Agency, Sept 29.

A 4.9-magnitude shallow earthquake shook Peru’s Cuzco region killing at least 8 and affecting 530, officials said Sunday.

Worst affected were the Andes communities of Misca and Cusi Bamba, where 90 houses were destroyed and a highway cracked from the tremor.

President Ollanta Humala declared a state of emergency, while the government said it would support rebuilding efforts.

“More help is on its way. I want all to remain united,” Humala said in comments reported by state news agency Andina.

More than 90 percent of buildings were affected, many made of abode, a mix of straw and mud (as pictured).

“Devastating scenes in Misca, adding to the pain of the deaths of the members of the community, it’s being reported that animals have died under the adobe walls,” tweeted Peru premier, Ana Jara.

Humala promised a geographical study to consider relocating the villages if they were determined to lie on a fault line.

Police rescued seven from the rubble, while four villagers remain unaccounted for, the daily Peru 21 reported.

Peru is a seismically active country, lying on a fault line between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates, where two-thirds of the world’s large magnitude quakes occur.

The last biggest quake in 2007 – measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale – shocked the coastal cities of Ica and Pisco, killed 519 and destroying buildings.

The government has allocated $1.03 billion (3 billion soles) in preventative measures for future natural disasters.

A recent report warned a 8.0-magnitude quake in the capital of Lima would result in 30,000 to 40,000 deaths.

A tenth of the city’s buildings, many in its shantytowns built on sandy foundations, would be seriously affected, the Japan-Peru Center for Earthquake Engineering Research and Disaster Mitigation said in August.

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