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The Colca Valley region of Peru. (Photo: iStock)

(Bloomberg) – A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck late Sunday in the Colca Valley of southern Peru, killing nine people, the state news agency reported.

At least 80 homes were destroyed by the temblor at 9:58 p.m. local time, Arequipa state governor Yamila Osorio told Andina. Worst affected were hamlets along the Colca River, which runs through one of the world’s deepest canyons making the area popular with tourists.

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