Huaráz

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Huaráz

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Huarás

(both: wäräs`), city (1993 pop. 44,037), capital of Huaráz prov. and Ancash dept., W central Peru. It is in a high valley at an altitude of 9,931 ft (3,027 m), and has a population that is mainly of indigenous descent. Huaráz is the center of an agricultural district raising grains, potatoes, and corn. Some minerals (silver, cinnabar, and coal) are mined. HuascaránHuascarán
, extinct volcano, 22,205 ft (6,768 m) high, W central Peru, near Huaráz. The highest mountain in Peru and one of the highest in the Andes, Huascarán and other nearby peaks form an impressive snowcapped rampart.
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 peak forms a superb backdrop to the city. In 1941 an avalanche of mud and water wiped out a large section of the city and killed some 6,000 people. In 1970 the city was struck by an earthquake that left nearly 10,000 dead.

Huaráz

 

a city in Peru, capital of Ancash Department. Situated in the mountains, on the Santa River, at an elevation of 3,000 m. Population, 29,000 (1972). Huaráz is connected with the port city of Casma by a highway. Silver and lead are mined near by. Huaráz was extensively damaged by an earthquake in the Santa River valley on May 31,1970.