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Earthquake damages homes in northern Peru, shakes southern Ecuador

October 28, 1997

LIMA, Peru (AP) _ A magnitude-5.1 earthquake shook northern Peru and southern Ecuador early today, causing roofs to collapse and some panic, but there were no reports of injuries.

The quake was centered nearly 450 miles north of the capital, Lima, between the villages of Corosha and Chisquilla in the northern province of Amazonas, according to Peru’s Geophysical Institute. It struck at 1:16 a.m., and could be felt slightly in the capital.

In Montevideo, 45 miles south of the epicenter, eight houses collapsed and 50 lost their roofs during the quake or its aftershocks, store owner Lenith Miranda said by telephone.

Miranda, the only person in Montevideo with a telephone, said the town’s 1,000 residents spent the rest of the night in the street, fearing aftershocks.

In another northern town, Chachapoyas, some residents panicked and several roofs collapsed, said Dr. Javier Basilio, director of the town’s main hospital. He was unaware of any injuries.

Radio reports from Ecuador indicated panic in the southern cities of Macas, Macara and Machala near the Peruvian border, but no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

A magnitude-5 quake is capable of moderate damage in populated areas.

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