PERU: Quake & After-Quake

San Emigdio, San Gennaro and Santa Barbara are the saints whose job it is to tame earthquakes. Perhaps they were caught napping. Or perhaps too few prayers had recently reached their ears. Last week in southern Peru a subterranean mutter grew into a growl. For almost three minutes the earth juggled the ancient town of Nazca, while houses crumbled. The nearby village of Palpa was flattened, as if by an iron, and a deathly ague shook Ica, toppling the steeple of the Church of Our Lord of Luren in a foam of dust....

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