CNN has been covering the story daily on their web site. I think the
epicenter was actually offshore so the effects may have been lessened some
what by the time the shock waves hit land.
CHARACATO, Peru (AP) -- Their simple brick homes in ruins, residents of this
Andean highland town began a painstaking process of cleaning up and rebuilding
after a devastating weekend earthquake.
Many sought hammers and bricks to rebuild their homes. Others braced for what
promises to be a long and frustrating return to normalcy.
"We don't have anything," said Augustin Chuquimamani, mixing mortar and laying a
fresh brick wall on his one-room house in Characato, a remote arming community 16
kilometers (10 miles) south of Arequipa, Peru's second largest city.
Families hauled away debris as they took stock.
"We don't have a kitchen, we don't even have metal sheets to a make a roof," he
Chuquimamani was among hundreds of residents in Characato who suffered losses in
Saturday's 8.1-magnitude quake. At least 102 people died, 1,368 were injured and
46,470 were left homeless, Peru's Civil Defense Institute said Tuesday.
A 5.5-magnitude quake late Monday struck the region, according to Peru's
Geophysical Institute. No major damage or deaths were immediately reported, civil
defense officials in the area said.
"All of us sleep on the ground," said Chuquimamani's wife, Felicina. "It gets
very cold -- so cold that the kids start crying."
Across southern Peru, people pushed wheel-barrels and helped neighbors comb
through shattered homes two days after the quake. Coated in dust, many searched
for belongings amid mounds of wreckage and chunks of broken rock bigger than
Others set about the task of repairing homes, colonial churches and hundreds of
businesses flattened by a temblor that shook the region for more than a minute.
"You can't mope, you have to accept reality and move on," said Ronald Reula,
clutching a sledgehammer and a shovel to clear away the rubble-cluttered area
where his bedroom once stood.
After reviewing data on the temblor, geophysicists at the U.S. Geological Survey
upgraded the quake's magnitude from 7.9 to 8.1, qualifying the temblor as "great"
-- the highest grade for earthquakes.
"Had this happened in a more populated area, the damage would been worse," said
Waverly Person, a geophysicist at the U.S. National Earthquake Information
In Characato, Ronald Reula joined 10 other relatives at the crumbled remains of
their house. Reula's uncles and cousins carried away rock and debris in wash
basins and wicker baskets.
"We're not sure what we're going to do," he said. "We've got to start over from
For a second straight day, aid workers combed hard-to-reach hamlets to aid the
injured and start rebuilding in communities of mud-brick houses. They answered
calls for help from stranded survivors via ham radios.
In Arequipa, authorities blocked off roads leading to the city center out of fear
heavy traffic might trigger further damage to hundreds of historic homes and
Workers on ladders and scaffolding clutched buckets of plaster and concrete as
they patched up cracked walls. Bulldozers roamed the streets and hauled away
anything smashed or wrecked.
Famed for its colonial architecture, Arequipa sits at 7,769 feet (2,331 meters)
above sea level, nestled between an imposing volcano and the Andes mountains 465
miles (748 kilometers) south of Lima. The city has been declared a world cultural
treasure by the United Nations.
In Geneva, Switzerland, the International Committee of the Red Cross announced an
appeal for more than dlrs 1 million to aid quake victims and airlifted more
tents, blankets and food from Panama.
The European Union said Tuesday it freed up 1.15 million euros ($988,000 million)
to provide victims food aid, temporary shelter, medical support, water and
sanitation. U.S. aid would starting arriving soon, said John Hamilton, the U.S.
ambassador to Peru.
Peruvian Foreign Minister Javier Perez de Cuellar also announced a government
emergency plan, saying a priority would be delivering aid to the homeless.
----- Forwarded by Tom Hunt/DFD on 06/28/01 09:14 AM -----
Roselund, SE" To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
net> Subject: Peru Earthquake and Adobe Dwellings
There was an earthquake, Richter 8.1, in Peru last Saturday. I've seen
very little in the news about it. The latest information I've read
reported 71 killed. That's a small number for such a large quake.
Researchers (Julio Vargas Neumann, Juan Bariola, and others) in the
Engineering Department at Universidad Catolica del Peru have been
developing seismic resistant earthen architecture for houses of adobe, and
of quincha construction.
Has that research paid off in good seismic performance of adobe dwellings
and other kinds of earthen construction using the techniques they have
South San Gabriel, CA
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