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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Spokane quakes are tiny temblors

the Inland Register

(From the July 5, 2001 edition of the Inland Register

Spokane residents were strongly reminded last week that earthquakes can happen anywhere. But the rattling and rolling of the quakes in Spokane hardly measure up to an earthquake that occurred in Peru June 23. The major temblor of this quake measured 7.9 on the Richter scale and lasted for more than a minute. Aftershocks continue to shake the area, some of which measured over 6.

As of June 26, more than 1,000 people have been injured with 97 reported dead. In the hardest-hit areas, Arequipa, Tacna-Moquegua, Caravelí and Camaná, up to 80 percent of the buildings have been destroyed. Further, a tsunami reported to be three stories high, hit the coastal town of Camaná, wiping out 1,000 homes and destroying more than 2,000 hectares of crops. Local officials are concerned about health risks resulting from lack of access to water.

The U.S. bishops, through Caritas Peru, have allocated $200,000 to assist Peruvian earthquake victims. The money will be used to purchase and distribute the most immediate needs, including food, temporary housing materials, tools, medicines and water. Catholic Relief Service (CRS) and Caritas Peru are working with local church partners and government representatives to assess the situation and identify critical needs.

Catholics everywhere are asked to pray for earthquake victims in Peru and for those involved in rescue efforts.

CRS is accepting cash donations to assist with earthquake relief. Send checks to Parish Social Ministries, Diocese of Spokane, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane, Wash. 99210.

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