Violent earthquakes last week shook the
western Venezuelan state of Lara. Worst hit was the coffee center of El
Tocuyo (pop. 8,000), one of the nation's earliest Spanish settlements.
Many of El Tocuyo's historic buildings were of solid colonial masonry,
but every building in the town was wrecked. First incomplete reports
listed 16 known dead, at least 80 injured.
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