Large earthquake hits Southern Peru, one killed

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

A map showing the location of the earthquake
Image: USGS.

On Tuesday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has struck the area surrounding Arequipa, Peru, killing one person and injuring several more. According to local authorities, the victim was a 93-year-old man who died when a wall from his house collapsed and crushed him.

The epicentre of the quake was 60 km away from Arequipa, and over 700 km away from the country's capital, Lima.

In addition to the injuries, damage to roads and property was also reported.

Approximately one year ago, a larger earthquake struck Southern Peru. It had a magnitude of 8.0 and it resulted in over 2000 injuries, more than 500 of which resulted in fatalities.