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2,000-year-old mummy makes its way home to Peru

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2019

Close-up of the 2,000-year-old mummy’s face and skull | Peruvian Ministry of Culture handout via Reuters

A 2,000-year-old mummy made its way home to Peru on Saturday (February 9) after a museum in Texas returned it to the South American country after it had been in the U.S. for decades.

Peru’s Diario el Comercio reports the mummy was probably a 2 – 4-year-old child and likely belonged to the Collagua culture that belonged to the larger Aymara group that lived in Peru’s Altiplano region.

Before making its way to Lima, the mummy had been housed at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The child mummy is wrapped in rope with its arms and legs tucked in with only the cranium and feet exposed. — Reuters

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Peru’s Vizcarra flies over Amazon area where quake hit, humble residents lament losses

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2019

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra (center) | (c) 2019 Thomson Reuters (c) 2019 Thomson Reuters

A magnitude 8 earthquake killed one person, destroyed dozens of homes and disrupted some oil operations as it rocked Peru early on Sunday (May 26), authorities said.

The quake – the biggest to hit Peru since 2007 – was felt across the country and in neighboring Ecuador and Colombia after striking the sparsely-populated region of Loreto in Peru’s northern Amazon.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said the hardest hit areas were the towns of Yurimaguas and Tarapoto. He flew over large swaths of jungle.

A 48-year-old man was killed in the region of Cajamarca after a boulder struck his home, emergency officials said.

Peru’s National Emergency Centre (COEN) said there were at least 11 people injured and more than 50 homes destroyed. Several schools, churches, hospitals, and clinics were also damaged.

TV images showed large fissures in a highway in Cajamarca and piles of mud and debris that had swept onto other roads.

Peru sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where the majority of the world’s seismic activity occurs. (REUTERS)

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1 killed, 11 injured after a magnitude 8 earthquake strikes Peru

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2019

Large cracks seen on roads after a magnitude 8 earthquake rocked Peru on May 26, 2019 | (c) 2019 Thomson Reuters

A magnitude 8 earthquake has killed one person and injured 11 in the northern Amazon in Peru on Sunday (May 26). More than 50 homes were destroyed including schools, churches, and hospitals. 

A 48-year-old man was killed after a boulder struck his home, according to emergency officials.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the earthquake was around 75 km SSE (south-southeast) of Lagunas and 180 km east of the town of Moyobamba, Peru. It was also felt in Ecuador and Colombia.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra posted on Twitter that authorities were “evaluating the affected areas” and urged people to remain calm.

Meanwhile, there are still no reports from the Department of Foreign Affairs if there are Filipinos affected by the earthquake.

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Lima zoo celebrates World Turtle Day with flowers

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019

Courtesy : Reuters

Turtles at Lima’s Parque de las Leyendas zoo received flowers on World Turtle Day on Thursday (May 23), with zookeepers using the event to raise awareness of the dangers facing this animal.

“Currently in the world we have 300 different types of species in different parts of the world, and (that number) is going down a lot. Why should we keep them (turtles)? Because each animal is an important part of the ecosystem in our world,” said Zookeeper Mirian Cueva.

More than 40 turtles of different species reside in this enclosure, such as the endangered yellow-footed tortoise and 150-year ‘Sanson’ from the Galapagos Islands. Many turtles here were once domesticated pets that were later abandoned by their owners.

“The majority of turtles that we have here have been found, have been pets, or have been abandoned in the park. People come and leave them,” Cueva said.

“What our zoo does is keep them and takes care of them,” she added.

On World Turtle Day, students visited the park to see ‘Sanson’ feast on a bouquet of flowers and learn how they can better protect endangered turtles.

The biggest threats to turtles are human related, due to habitat loss, pollution and animal trafficking. (REUTERS)

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