Earthquake Rattles Peru, No Deaths Reported


Residents of Ica, Peru, a coastal town south of Lima, are still shaken following an earthquake that destroyed more than 120 homes and damaged 581 buildings, and injuring 145 people—with no fatalities—according to an Agence France-Presse article.

The 6.3 magnitude quake hit the community early January 30, shortly after midnight.

As the majority of the injured returned to their homes today to start rebuilding and the cleanup process six individuals remained in the hospital according to a CNN report.

The last quake to shake the area was a devastating 8.0 that killed more than 500 people and injured more than 1,000 in 2007, according to CNN.

The community of Ica has been flooded with indigenous Peruvians looking for work in the coastal community. Mostly in part, because Peru is the largest supplier of asparagus, primarily to the United States, and Ica is the main provider according to a Los Angeles Timesarticle last year.