Thursday, August 16, 2007

8.0 magnitude earthquake destroy large portions of Peru

Holy crap. A 2 minute 8.0 earthquake.

As a Californian, that scares the pants of me...

(CNN) -- Rescuers in Peru frantically combed through rubble Thursday looking for survivors of a powerful earthquake that officials said killed at least 337 people and injured 1,350.

The two-minute, 8.0-magnitude quake struck Wednesday evening, and strong aftershocks followed, including a 6.0-magnitude temblor on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

When the shaking stopped, a major highway along the coast was nearly destroyed, said Giorgio Ferrario of the International Red Cross. Rescuers have been severely hampered by fallen debris, he said.

An 8.0 earthquake followed by 11 other quakes including a 6.0 aftershock.


I'm sure the number of injured and killed will tragically continue to climb. When you read that the the quake destroyed 75% of towns like Ica, Pisco and Chincha, you can't help but think that 337 dead is going to increase dramatically.

UPDATE @ 11:30am - Australia's increases the death toll to 387.

UPDATE @ 9:57am on 8/17 - The NYT now puts the death toll at 510. And they continue to have aftershocks; big ones. 14 in fact registered at 5.0 or larger.

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