Minor earthquake shakes Lima overnight
LIMA – A 4.4 magnitude earthquake startled sleepy Lima residents last night. The earthquake’s epicenter was 42 kilometers south of Lima, under the sea, at a depth of 42 kilometers. The shaking was brief, according to El Comercio, but was felt more strongly in the eastern neighborhoods of La Molina, Ate-Vitarte and Villa El Salvador. There are no reports of damage or injuries.
Peru’s National Institue of Civil Defense (INDECI), advises all households to have a backpack set aside with enough emergency supplies to last at least 24 hours in case of an earthquake emergency. Supplies should include water, nonperishable food items, clothing, medicine and toiletries. Lima experienced a 4.6 earthquake last December and a 4.4 in January.
Peru’s Air Force to buy 10 Embraer planes from BrazilPeru’s Air Force is considering buying 10 Embraer Super Tucano aircraft, according to Brazil’s Defense Minister Celso Amorim. According to Peru21, the announcement was made after a meeting between Amorim, and its Peruvian counterpart Alberto Otárola, during which they discussed the need to enhance patrol of the Amazon. According to El Comercio, the sale could cost a total of $150 million. Otárola is expected to visit the aircraft manufacturer’s headquarters, in Sao Paolo, on Wednesday.
Peru announces foreign engineers to lead Conga Mines study
LIMA – The Peruvian government has designated the foreign engineers that will be in charge of carrying out the environmental impact study, regarding the Conga mining project. Luis Lopez Garcia, and Rafael Fernandez Rubio, from Spain, signed a contract with the President of the Ministry Council on February 1, according to Peru21. Portuguese geologist Jose Martins Carvalho is expected to sign a contract in the coming days.
The Conga study, agreed upon last December, will cost the Peruvian government $240,000. If approved, the Conga mining project will be the largest mining investment in the Peru, worth about $4.8 billion in investments. The project was suspended following social upheaval in Cajamarca, where a section of the population opposed the project, arguing the mine would affect local water resources.
Lima metro to continue free service throughout February
LIMA – According to a report in Peru this Week, the Lima metro will continue to run free of charge throughout the month of February, between Villa El Salvador and the Center of Lima, as part of the train’s testing phase. Fernando Deustua, spokesperson for the Lima metro, said the trains will continue to operate free of charge until details surrounding the train’s card payment system are finalized, in two to three weeks. Deustua said passengers will be able to purchase reusable metro cards for about $2 each.
Oswaldo Plascencia, head of Lima’s Electric Train Authority (AATE), said the metro saves commuters as much as an hour in travel time each way. Transportation authorities are aiming to eventually link both the Lima metro and the Metropolitano bus system to the same card payment network.