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Published on : Tuesday, August 16, 2016
An earthquake of shallow magnitude-5.4 shook southern Peru’s picturesque Colca Valley, killing at least four people, including an American tourist, and injuring 52 as it toppled adobe homes, the authorities said on Monday.
The quake occurred just before 10 p.m. on Sunday near the town of Chivay, north of Arequipa city, with the epicentre just six miles deep, the United States Geological Survey reported.
A 65-year-old American man died at the Eco Inn Valle del Colca in Yanque, close to Chivay, when part of the hotel’s ceiling collapsed on him, according to Cipriano Llasa, a local governor.
“His body is inside the hotel because the highways are blocked and the prosecutor has not arrived,” Mr. Llasa said.
The victim’s identity could not immediately be confirmed.
The walls and roofs of dozens of adobe homes in Yanque collapsed in the quake, Mr. Llasa said. He said the only way to evacuate the injured was by helicopter.
Yanque is an hour’s drive from a well-known condor-watching outlook popular with foreign tourists.
The last major quake to hit Peru was of magnitude-7.9, on August 15, 2007, and killed nearly 600 people in the coastal city of Pisco.