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2 killed, at least 17 missing after 7.3 magnitude Peru earthquake

Two people were killed and 17 are still missing after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook Peru, Sunday.

Posted: Jan 14, 2018 5:49 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2018 5:52 PM

Two people were killed and 17 are still missing after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook Peru, Sunday.

The quake struck Peru’s southern coast before dawn.

Some homes collapsed, cracks opened in roads and the National Civil Defense Institute reported that at least 65 have been injured in the city of Arequipa and others in Southern Peru.

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski surveyed the damage from the air and traveled to two of the areas most affected by the quake.

He said some 100 houses had collapsed and that the government will provide assistance to those whose homes were destroyed.

Earthquakes are common in Peru, but many homes are built with materials that cannot withstand the tremors.

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