As the dust settles: The earthquake and its implications

30 September 2007

On August 15th 2007, an earthquake measuring 7.9 degrees on the Richter Scale struck Peru. The epicentre was 25 miles northwest of Chincha Alta, 90 miles south of Lima, in the department of Ica. The effects were also felt strongly in Lima. According to Peru's geophysical institute, the country has experienced more than 480 strong aftershocks.

Figures from INDECI (National Institute for Civil Defence) state that 519 people died and 1,366 were wounded. Immediately after the earthquake residents of affected areas had no electricity, water or phone lines. Damage on the roads meant access was limited.

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