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Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007 12:51 pm

Peru’s tragedy

La Oroya spared earthquake’s devastation

Untitled Document Last week’s 8.0-magnitude earthquake in Peru  flattened buildings and killed hundreds of citizens, but La Oroya was mostly spared from disaster, says Sister Mila Díaz Solano.      Díaz Solano, who was featured in a recent article about a deadly lead smelter in La Oroya [see Amanda Robert, “Sisters to the rescue,” Aug. 2], says that mountains surrounding the small city saved its people from the quake’s most violent tremors but adds that their fellow Dominican sisters in Lima — 90 miles from the disaster’s epicenter — were not able to escape the shocking experience.     “All my sisters and their families are good, but there are a lot of material damage and panic because the earth is continuing [to move],” Sister Mila says.    The Aug. 15 earthquake killed more than 500 throughout the country, according to Associated Press reports, and severely damaged coastal cities south of Lima, including Chincha, Ica, Canete, and Pisco.

Contact Amanda Robert at arobert@illinoistimes.com.
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