Earthquake in Peru destroys dozens of homes, kills 1 man
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LIMA, Peru — A powerful earthquake struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, killing at least one person and injuring dozens, officials said.
The sole fatality was a man crushed by a falling rock, officials said. They said many of those injured were in Caraveli province, a coastal area dependent on fishing and mining that is popular with tourists.
Sixty-five people were injured, the national chief of civil
The earthquake destroyed 171 homes, displacing the same number of families, Peru's National Emergency Operations Center said on its
Emergency crews responded by bringing in tents and mattresses to displaced families, officials said.
"Everything that is needed is going to be sent," President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said. "We are already responding at full speed."
The U.S. Geological Survey said the early morning quake had a magnitude of 7.1 and was
The quake jolted people awake as far away as the capital city of Lima, some 350 miles (560
Workers used large tractors to clear away boulders and debris that crashed down and blocked some roads.
The quake caused some damage in communities that Pope Francis is scheduled to visit this week, and officials said the damage would not change the pontiff's tour.