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Peru quake injury numbers rise

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 5:52 AM EST, Tue January 31, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • At least 145 people are injured, officials say
  • Hundreds of homes are damaged and tents are distributed
  • A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit near Ica on Monday

(CNN) -- The number of people confirmed injured in an earthquake in Peru rose to 145, civil defense officials in the South American nation said Tuesday.

The number of homes damaged or destroyed rose to 277, they said.

Civil defense officials have been distributing tents to families whose houses were affected by the quake early Monday morning, they said Tuesday.

The magnitude 6.3 quake hit about 15 kilometers (9 miles) southeast of Ica, at a depth of 39.2 kilometers (24.4 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It affected power in the region, but as of Tuesday, it had been restored in the districts of Parcona, Tinguina, Ocucaje and Ica, officials said.

Most of the injured had gone home by Tuesday morning, although six remain in hospitals, they said -- three each in the Regional Hospital and the Santa Maria de Socorro Hospital.

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the same region in October, leveling dozens of buildings and leaving some homeless.

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, Esprit Smith and Ed Payne contributed to this report.

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