PERU – The small town of Pisco and several others nearby, on the central Peruvian coast, took a direct hit from a 7.9-Richter-scale earthquake that hit the region on August 15. Reports estimate that over 85% of the community was razed. All told, at least 500 people died and more than 2,000 were injured. The epicentre was 145 km southeast of Lima.
Since then Canadian mining companies have reassured investors that the quake did no lasting damage to their operations. Here are some of the companies that have checked in.
ACERO-MARTIN of Vancouver says its employees are safe, and development is continuing at the Pinaya gold-copper project near Arequipa.
CANDENTE RESOURCES of Vancouver reports that its personnel and projects are safe and that operations are proceeding as usual. It has a number of precious and base metal properties throughout Peru.
CENTURY MINING of Blaine, Washington, says its San Juan gold mine and Rosario De project were unaffected by the earthquake. The San Juan mine is located in southern Peru.
The Mina Justa copper project was not affected by the quake, says CHARIOT RESOURCES of Toronto, despite the fact that it is located near the central coast. Chariot is the operator and 70% owner of the project.
Vancouver-based FORTUNA SILVER MINES reports that the earthquake had no impact on the companys office in Lima or its Caylloma silver mine, located 225 km by road north-northwest of Arequipa.
No accidents or injuries were reported at the Coricancha (formerly Tambogrande) gold-silver-zinc mine in the central Andes. The mine belongs to GOLD HAWK RESOURCES of Vancouver.
VENA RESOURCES of Toronto points out that its employees are safe and projects are continuing after the earthquake. Vena operates the Azulcocha zinc project where a pilot mill is in operation 260 km northeast of Lima.