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A 8.0 magnitude earthquake Wednesday was one of the strongest in Perus recent history. By Thursday fatalities stood at 437, and 800 more people have been injured. Both tallies probably will rise as relief efforts reach into the regions isolated, mountainside communities. Tens of thousands of people were left homeless. Hardest hit were the southern cities of Pisco, seen here, and Ica, and significant portions of the Pan-American Highway along the Peruvian coast were destroyed. Two other powerful temblors this decade were stronger than the Wednesday earthquake, but not as deadly; a 1970 earthquake killed 66,000 Peruvians.
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