6.4-MAGNITUDE QUAKE KILLS 15, INJURES 700 IN PERU.Byline: Associated Press Associated Press: see news agency.
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A powerful earthquake rocked southern Peru Tuesday, killing 15 people, injuring as many as 700 and causing many buildings to crumble, civil defense officials said.
Hardest hit by the magnitude-6.4, noon quake was the tourist city of Nazca, where four people were killed and 380 injured in·jure
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The Peruvian Geophysical Institute The Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks conducts research into space physics and aeronomy; atmospheric sciences; snow, ice, and permafrost; seismology; volcanology; and tectonics and sedimentation. It was founded in 1946 by the United States Congress. said the quake was centered in the Pacific Ocean about 83 miles west of Nazca, which is 235 miles southeast of Lima.
In two Nazca neighborhoods, half of the homes - many of them adobe - were damaged, officials said.
``It is incredible the need that exists in Nazca now,'' said Anna Cogorno, a resident of the town of 25,000.
There was no report of damage to the famous Nazca Lines The Nazca Lines are a series of geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert, a high arid plateau that stretches 53 miles or more than 80 kilometers between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana in Peru. They were created by the Nazca culture between 200 BC and AD 700. , the huge pre-Columbian etchings on a desert plain that draw tourists and scholars from around the world.
The quake lasted about a minute and was felt in Lima - where high-tension cables fell across a busy avenue - and as far away as Tacna, 600 miles southeast of the capital.