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Huascarán Avalanche, 1970

Residents of the surrounding towns of Peru’s highest mountain, Mount Huascarán, were hit by a tragedy in 1970. On May 31, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake caused a massive landslide, burying Yungay, Ranrahirca, and ten nearby villages beneath mountain ice and rocks.

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According to the US Geological Survey, 70,000 people perished after the earthquake-induced avalanche. Among them was a mountaineering team, whose 15 members were never found again. After the disaster, the Peruvian government conducted relief efforts and established a memorial on Yungay to honor the victims.

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