Activities Return To Normal In Ica Following 6.3 Quake

Activity returned to normal on Monday following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that rattled Peru’s south coast Ica region, daily El Comercio reported.

The earthquake occurred at 12:10 a.m. on Monday and its epicenter was 47 kilometers southwest of the city of Ica. Many of the residents spent the night in the street following the quake.

The quake was felt in Lima, Ayacucho, Huancavelica and Junin regions, the national civil defense institute said in a statement.

The civil defense institute, INDECI, said that 119 people were injured and 16 houses damaged in Ica as a result of the quake.  There were no deaths reported, and most of the injured were released from medical treatment after 24 hours. 

Ica was hard hit by the last major earthquake in Peru. In August 2007, a magnitude 8 earthquake destroyed much of the city of Pisco, located in Ica, and resulted in hundreds of deaths.

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