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Although all coastal and mountain towns Northern and Central Peru (up to Aika) were affected Earthquakewas Huaraz One left in ruins. The main cathedral, schools and squares were completely destroyed and evacuated 95% of the Department Ankash In ruins. The first message spoke 5,000 muertosBut the extent of the tragedy was only beginning to emerge.

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The center of that rule Sunday, May 31, 1970 was located in 80 km to the seaCompared to SimbotIn Ankash. In LimaFelt like an earthquake 6 degreesBut no one could have imagined the disaster that was unleashed Huaylas AlleySpecifically Yunge.

In the first days of the earthquake-flood, Yunge kneels on the parade ground and prays. (Photo: Javier Asque / Historical Archive of El Comercio)

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According to him Regional Seismological Center for South AmericaThe earthquake reached high 8 degreesAlthough it was later confirmed 7.8 degrees. with Communication is disconnected From area, first 24 hours behind Earthquake They were an abyss of silence and dense uncertainty.

No one could measure the extent of the disaster. He GovtThen arranged Support representatives Carried on ships by land and by sea Tons of help at first towards the worst affected areas.

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groups Paratroopers were launched from space together Medicines Y foodsAnd sometimes they threw Help packages to the perimeter Destroyed areasDesperately trying to alleviate suffering in a landscape of total destruction.

The death toll rose. He Tuesday, June 2, 1970, Trade Titled only in Huaraz Y Simbot was already there 1,000 deaths. The entire card was devoted to the devastating effects of the earthquake Ankash.

Front page of El Comercio, June 3, 1970.  Little by little the news began to clear up the sad panorama.  (Photo: Historical Archives of El Comercio)

Front page of El Comercio, June 3, 1970. Little by little the news began to clear up the sad panorama. (Photo: Historical Archives of El Comercio)

Footprints of A alluvial soil Inside Huallanca Y KarasMiraculously spared from the disaster, reporting only partial damage. But nothing was said about Yunge.

80 paratroopers will be launched over Huaraz today“”The city of Huaraz is almost in ruins“”In Simpot, 336 deaths and 2,500 injuries were recorded“”Government mandates arrangements to help victims“, they were Headlines of the day.

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Just the Wednesday, June 3, 1970Devastating information spread across the country. Trade In his title the front pageIn capital letters: “30 thousand people died”. Laconic. Great. Painful. The text was accompanied by a sad and unsettling photo. There was so much to report, but the words just wouldn’t come out.

Peru is in mourning“, he said President Velasco Alvarado Then return from the area. The situation was worse than any war. He Military government declared Eight days of National Struggle.

In Yungae, survivors and officials visited the affected areas.  (Photo: Historical Archives of El Comercio)

In Yungae, survivors and officials visited the affected areas. (Photo: Historical Archives of El Comercio)

/ Trade

Earthquake in Ankash: A horrifying sight was witnessed in Yunge

Yunge remained Completely buried Thirty minutes later of Earthquake. When a terrain descends violently a Cornice of Huascaran One day came Lagunatrigger on Apocalyptic overflow. evidences Antinistas They described how The mountains seemed to belong together They were afraid that the sky was so dark that “At the end of the world”.

He Lake water And this Snow removed from Huascaran dragged on Stones and soil With unstoppable fury, it unleashed its devastation on the primal Yunge It also affects other parts of the body Ranrahirga, Karas, Cosma Y SantaHalf buried.

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Only a few palm trees stood in Yunge’s main square.. In seconds everything turned into a huge graveyard.

Las Final statistics revealed a terrible reality: and 70,000 muertos Y 800,000 people are affected It contains Huaylas Alley and other cities in the north of the country. A terrifying statistic, too 23,000 died in Yungae alone.

In the first days after the Yunge and the entire Callejon de Huilas disaster, the victims specifically asked for food and shelter.  (Photo: Historical Archives of El Comercio)

In the first days after the Yunge and the entire Callejon de Huilas disaster, the victims specifically asked for food and shelter. (Photo: Historical Archives of El Comercio)

/ Trade

Las Wide range of photos Published by Trade expressed size sadness. Narrated by survivors and volunteers A thick mist of dust That was in the air in days And they are a “Terrible noise” preceded the disaster.

Tens of thousands of people in a single minute Huaylas Alley were Buried with tons of stones and earth.

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In YungeDesperation drove everyone Run for the hills very close. A CircusHe PerolinaEstablished in 1 km from city centerSome permission 300 children They will be saved

From there they were silent witnesses Horror scene: They saw men and women, family members, friends or acquaintances He got stuck in the mud in the middle of the race Y How their homes were destroyed to him A flood of garbage. Finally, alone Four palm trees from Main square And this Over the grave They were safe.

The news described the ghostly scene being experienced in that part of the country.  (Photo: Historical Archives of El Comercio)

The news described the ghostly scene being experienced in that part of the country. (Photo: Historical Archives of El Comercio)

Earthquake in Ankash: A huge humanitarian chain is organized

Assistance was arranged from conditionwith support Private businesses And this Unity of people Generally. About misfortune, pain and death Peru He got up like a wounded lion. A set of National Aid Board (JAN), headed by Consuelo Gonzales de VelascoThe President’s wife is very determined.

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Editor El Comercio Donated 100,000 gold soles To JAN, moreover, members of the Board of Directors, editorial staff, administrative staff, workshop staff and staff generally contributed. 131,519 gold soles.

But there was universal support. Off Europe Y Latin America Medicines, food and warm clothes arrived; of AmericaLogistics and air support, along with Hercules Aircraft Y Helicopters For transportation Humanitarian aid.

From the day after the tragedy in Yungae, aid arrived by air, sea and land.  In any case, people traveled in the hope of seeing their relatives alive.  (Photo: Historical Archives of El Comercio)

From the day after the tragedy in Yungae, aid arrived by air, sea and land. In any case, people traveled in the hope of seeing their relatives alive. (Photo: Historical Archives of El Comercio)

/ Trade

A week later, the Peru He astonished the world by his misfortune. He Sunday, June 7, 1970In LimaTraditional military ceremony Flag Pledge In Bolognese Square Replaced by a Funeral Procession Dedicated to victims of May 31st.

On the same day, Pope Paul VIFull St. Peter’s SquareAfter AngelusSend messages to A Brotherhood message And hope in those moments of pain.

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