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800-year-old wooden statues unearthed in Peru

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

 

Wooden sculptures unearthed at the Chan Chan archaeological complex in northern Peru

Twenty anthropomorphic wooden sculptures and an intricate adobe wall were unearthed at the Chan Chan archaeological complex in northern Peru, government officials said on Monday (October 22).

The figures and the detailed wall are thought to have been buried more than 800 years ago. Researchers say the sculptures are the oldest idols discovered to date at the Chan Chan site.

Peru’s Minister of Culture Patricia Balbuena said the figures appear to be at the entrance of an important ceremonial center or plaza. Some of the figures have what appear to be staffs and shields while others have decapitated heads.

The statues, 19 of which are in good condition, were inside a rectangular space dug in a row at the base of a wall in a corridor decorated with high relief drawings.

Officials say the 70-centimeter tall figures were created at a time before the Chan Chan culture, possibly around the year 1100. — 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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