More than 100 injured in Peru earthquake

More than 100 injured in Peru earthquake

Peruvian authorities say 112 people have been treated for injuries after a magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck the country’s central coast. They say none of the injuries are life-threatening.

Regional civil defence director Cesar Chonate says a boy was hospitalised with a fractured hip but most injuries were minor and included heart palpitations as people fled homes in panic.

Houses damaged

Chonate says 16 homes suffered some damage in the quake, which struck at 11 minutes after midnight (0511 GMT), 15 kilometres southeast of Ica.

The city was badly damaged by a magnitude-8 earthquake in August 2007 and also suffered damage in a quake last October.

The US Geological Survey says Monday’s quake was at a depth of 39 kilometres.