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'One dead, scores injured' in Peru earthquake

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'One dead, scores injured' in Peru earthquake

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There have been scenes of destruction in Peru after a strong earthquake on Sunday morning. One person died and scores were injured, while homes and roads collapsed.

However, the authorities withdrew earlier reports saying that seventeen people were missing following the quake which struck the southern coast.

Peru's Civil Defense Institute said 65 had been injured. The Governor of Arequipa Yamila Osorio said on Twitter that one fifty five-year old man died in the town of Yauca after being crushed by rock.

The quake struck at around 04.20am local time, 40 kilometers to the south of Acari.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in Peru - in 2007 hundreds of people died following a quake bigger than 8 in magnitude.