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South America

Death toll from Peru earthquake rises to at least 330

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The death toll from last night's powerful earthquake in Perus has risen to at least 330, with more than 1,000 others injured.

The 7.9-magnitude tremor was centred around 90 miles south-east of the capital, Lima.

It struck just after 6.30pm last night, toppling buildings, triggering landslides and sending people fleeing into the streets for safety.

The quake also knocked out power supplies and telephone services in several cities across southern Peru.

A tsunami warning was issued, but later cancelled after the wave measures only 10 inches.

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