Peru: Strong earthquake leaves about 96 injured

LIMA, Peru – About 96 people were slightly injured in Peru when a strong earthquake shook the south-central part of the country near the coast early on Jan. 30, Ica’s regional president Alonso Navarro said.

The injuries included broken bones, concussions and cuts caused by falling objects, officials said. None of the injuries is considered life-threatening.

The Peruvian Institute of Geophysics put the strength of the quake at 6.2.

However, U.S. government researchers said the earthquake measured 6.3.

The epicenter of the tremor, which occurred at 00:11 am (0511 GMT), was 23 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of the town of Ica, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The depth of the epicenter was 39 kilometers (24 miles).

[AFP (Peru), 30/01/2012; Andina.com.pe (Peru), 30/01/2012]

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