An earthquake stuck the Caylloma province of Peru, killing several people and injuring many more as buildings collapsed. An American is among the dead.

From Reuters

Earthquake Slams Peru, Killing At Least 4

A 5.3 magnitude shallow earthquake killed at least four people, including a U.S. tourist, and injured dozens when it rocked a copper-producing region popular with trekkers late on Sunday, authorities said.

The quake struck just 8 kilometers (5 miles) deep in the Caylloma province of the Andean region Arequipa and at least five aftershocks shook the region anew on Monday, the Geophysical Institute of Peru said. The USGS reported the earthquake as having a 5.4 magnitude.

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From Peru Reports

American killed in southern Peru earthquake

Arequipa governor Yamilo Osorio told newspapers the death toll had risen to nine by Monday morning. At the time of publish, Peru’s civil defense institute INDECI has confirmed four dead and 52 injured.

Hundreds of homes destroyed or damaged throughout the Caylloma province. The Yanque district suffered three deaths and 30 injured, while 110 homes were destroyed in Ichupampa.

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From the Japan Times

Shallow Peru temblor kills at least four, including U.S. tourist

A 65-year-old U.S. man died at the Eco Inn Valle del Colca in Yanque, close to Chivay, when part of the hotel’s ceiling collapsed on him, local Gov. Cipriano Llasa said.

“His body is inside the hotel because the highways are blocked and the prosecutor has not arrived,” Llasa told The Associated Press by phone. AP called the hotel repeatedly but the phone went unanswered.

The victim’s identity could not immediately be confirmed.

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