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Earthquake kills one, damages 100 homes

September 27, 2005

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— A powerful earthquake in northern Peru killed at least one person, destroyed about 100 homes and disrupted electricity and telephone service in much of the region, the civil defense chief said Monday.

The 7.5-magnitude earthquake was felt throughout Peru's northern coast and as far away as Bogota, Colombia, more than 700 miles to the north, and broke windows in towns in Ecuador.

Peru's Geophysics Institute said the quake struck around 9 p.m. Sunday and was centered northeast of the jungle city of Moyobamba, 415 miles north of the capital, Lima. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.5, considered a major earthquake.

One person was confirmed dead in the village of Lamas, near Moyobamba, Civil Defense Chief Rear Adm. Juan Luis Podesta told a radio station. About 100 homes were destroyed, he added.

Electrical power was temporarily lost in Peru's northern coastal city of Chiclayo, 410 miles northwest of Lima. Airline Lan Peru reported that a passenger jet aborted its landing at the Chiclayo airport because there were no lights on the runway. The plane flew directly to Lima.

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