Quake kills 4, injures 30
A shallow magnitude 5.4 earthquake centred in southern Peru's picturesque Colca Valley killed at least four people, including a 65-year-old US tourist, and left some 30 injured as it toppled adobe homes, authorities said yesterday.
The quake hit at 9:58 p.m. local time on Sunday near the town of Chivay near the city of Arequipa, with an epicentre just six miles deep, according to the US Geological Survey.
The US man died at the Eco Inn Valle del Colca in Yanque, close to Chivay, when part of the hotel's ceiling collapsed on him, said local Governor Cipriano Llasa.
"His body is inside the hotel because the highways are blocked and the prosecutor has not arrived," Llasa told The Associated Press by phone. The AP called the hotel repeatedly, but the phone went unanswered.
The walls and roofs of dozens of adobe homes in Yanque collapsed in the quake, Llasa said. "A lot of irrigation canals are destroyed, too."
He said the only way to evacuate the injured was by helicopter.
Yanque is an hour's drive from a famed condor-watching outlook that is popular with foreign tourists.
Peru's last major earthquake, of magnitude 7.9, hit on August 15, 2007, and killed nearly 600 people in the coastal city of Pisco.