Local heroes try to rescue beached whale in Peru

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2019   •   429

Locals attempting to help beached whale get back out to sea | Courtesy: Reuters

A group of locals jumped into the surf in Lambayeque, Peru, on Tuesday (August 13) to make a valiant effort to save a beached whale.

The locals pushed on the whale’s sides and its massive tail as they attempted to assist it back to deeper water.

Local media reported that the whale measured some 10 meters (33 feet) and weighed approximately 6.5 tons.

While local media did not report the species of whale on Tuesday, two humpback whales have washed up on Peruvian beaches in the past 15 days.

Humpback whales, once prized by hunters for their blubber, can weigh up to 40 tons and span 60 feet (18 meters) in length. Humpbacks are best known for periodically jumping out of the water, or breaching, behaviour that has attracted throngs of people who take to the seas to engage in whale-watching. – REUTERS

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Archaeologists in Peru unearth ancient mural reflecting on importance of water

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2019

Archaeologists in northern Peru have unearthed an ancient mural from the lost Caral civilization that is believed to be about 3,800 years old, officials reported.

The discovery was made in the Vichama archaeological site. A team of excavators has brushed away earth from the mural to reveal figures that depict a toad that wraps its hands around the head of a man.

Archaeologist Tatiana Abad, told a news conference in Lima, the mural represents the “announcement of the arrival of water,” adding “it talks about the importance of water in times of crisis and the reflections that we can create from them.”

“It has been found in the same building as last year when we presented one about snakes and this would complement the message. The importance of this mural is its age, which is 3,800 years old, which talks about the importance of water in times of crisis and the reflections that we can create from them,” Abad said.

“It belongs to the late period of what would be the Caral civilization. Caral is 4,500 years old and this relief would’ve been built in the late period within the archaeological site of Vichama in the Huara Valley,” she added.

Excavations at Vichama have been ongoing since 2007 and continue to reveal new insights into the ancient civilization such as an advanced city plan and architecture.

The Caral is believed to be the oldest civilization in the Americas, dating as far back as 3,000 BCE. But little is still known of this ancient city. The site is currently in an arid region of Peru, leaving many to conclude that climate change may have played a role in its demise.

According to archaeologists, the civilization was mysteriously toppled at around 1,600 BCE. (Reuters)

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Fault opens up swallowing buildings in Peru

Robie de Guzman   •   July 3, 2019

Courtesy: Image grabbed from a Reuters video

Local media reported that dozens of homes and a local health clinic were destroyed when a fault opened up in the Peruvian highlands in the early hours of June 28.

The homes could be seen destroyed at the bottom of a large cliff that was created by the fault in Peru’s Huanuco Region.

Faults in the earth and cracks in the walls of nearby buildings could be seen in images from the area on Monday (July 01).

Peru’s National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN) said the fault was likely caused by an earthquake that the region experienced on May 26. (REUTERS)

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

Robie de Guzman   •   May 27, 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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