Peru earthquake kills 17, prompts tsunami warning

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August 16, 2007 05:11

 
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A powerful earthquake shook Peru's coast near the capital on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it toppled buildings and caused hundreds to flee office buildings in Lima. A tsunami warning was issued for South America's Pacific coast Cable new station Canal N reported that a church in the city of Ica south of Lima collapsed, killing 17 people and injuring 70. The US Geological Survey said the 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Lima at a depth of about 25 miles (41 kilometers). The quake toppled houses and caused panic in the capital. A short and weaker aftershock followed.

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