Authorities in Peru say they have rescued a man trapped in a
mine after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook the coast -
causing landslides, damaging homes and schools and injuring
at least 17 in rural provinces.
The man had suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was
being treated, said a preliminary report published online by
Peru's civil defense institute.
The report mentioned no deaths resulting from the quake,
which the U.S. Geological Society said was a magnitude 7.0.
Earlier, local officials said three people died after
collapses occurred in make-shift mines, which operate largely
outside of the law. Those deaths were not confirmed.
At least seven people were injured at various small mining
sites in Peru's southern region, the civil defense report
The quake, which struck near Peru's southern coast a few
minutes before midday on Wednesday (local time), damaged at
least 70 homes and schools, the report said.
"Houses have fallen. Walls have fallen, especially those made
out of adobe," Caraveli Mayor Santiago Neyra told RPP radio.
Monitoring of damage and injuries in the region was ongoing.
Large-scale mining operations in the region - at Southern
Copper's Toquepala mine, Freeport-McMoRan's Cerro Verde mine,
and Shougang Hierro Peru's iron-ore mine - carried on as
usual after the quake, union leaders and a company
representative told Reuters.
The quake struck 29 miles (46 km) deep in the Pacific Ocean,
29 miles south of the district of Acari in the southern
Arequipa region, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Peruvian authorities did not issue any tsunami alerts.
The quake shook buildings in the capital of Lima 313 miles
(504 km) away.
Onemi, Chile's national emergency service, said the quake was
also felt in northern Chile, but no damage was reported.