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Intense earthquake rattles southwestern Peru

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 3:24 AM EDT, Sat October 29, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • At least 88 homes collapsed
  • The quake strikes some 32 miles south-southwest of Ica
  • No tsunami warning has been issued

(CNN) -- A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Peru on Friday, leveling buildings and leaving some homeless.

No tsunami warning has been issued.

The quake hit roughly 178 miles south-southeast of Lima, the country's capital, at an estimated depth of almost 22 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It took place about 32 miles south-southwest of Ica, which suffered significant damage from a devastating quake in 2007.

The National Civil Defense Institute of Peru reported that crews were sent to the provinces and districts affected to help the victims and asses the situation.

The institute said 83 people were assisted for injuries, 1,200 were affected because their homes were damaged and 640 were displaced from their homes.

The agency said at least 88 homes collapsed.

The National Civil Defense Institute said power has been restored in some places.

A series of aftershocks were also felt Friday night.

In 2007, an 8.0-magnitude quake struck southwestern Peru, killing more than 500 people and injuring more than 1,000.

The most serious damage from that quake occurred in towns and cities along the country's Pacific coast south of Lima, including Chincha, Canete, Pisco and Ica.

CNN's Nelson Quinones contributed to this report.

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