Death Toll Rising in Deadly Quake
LIMA, PERU (AP) - A powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake shook Peru's coast near the capital, killing at least 135 people and injuring more than 1,300 others, Deputy Health Minister Jose Calderon said Thursday.
Speaking on television and radio, Calderon called the situation "dramatic" in Ica, a city of 650,000 people located 165 miles southeast of the capital.
He encouraged Peruvians to donate blood for the injured and said a convoy of doctors and nurses was headed to the Ica area. News reports said dozens of people were crowding hospitals in the city seeking help even though the hospitals had suffered cracks and other structural damage.