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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Massive 7.9 magnitude quake hits Peru coast

The South American nation is recovering after a major trembler:
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck off the coast of central Peru on Wednesday evening, killing 15 people and leaving 70 hurt, President Alan Garcia said on national television.

Peru's Panamericana TV put the death toll at 17. It showed footage of traffic lights in the capital, Lima, swaying with the quake.

After everything stopped shaking, medics were seen tending to a woman.

The video also showed chunks of plaster that had fallen from buildings.

Some Lima residents were sobbing after the temblor, while others appeared to be praying.
Our thoughts tonight are with the people of Peru as they assess the damage from this disaster and start putting their communities back together.

Tonight's news is a reminder that earthquakes can strike without warning. We're long overdue in getting rid of hazards like the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which needs to be closed and demolished as soon as possible. Safety comes first. Let's take down our unsafe structures before they come crashing down on us in an earthquake.

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