In this Oct. 16, 2012 photo, Mailing del Carmen Aguilar, 5, stands at the bottom of a damaged staircase in the building where she lives with her family in downtown in Lima, Peru. Seismologists, engineers and civil defense officials agree that Lima is due for an earthquake but is acutely vulnerable and sorely unprepared. More than two in five of capital residents inhabit rickety structures built on unstable, sandy soil and wetlands, which amplify a quake's destructive power, or in the hillside settlements ringing the capital that sprang up spontaneously over a generation as people fled conflict and poverty in the interior, experts say. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Oct. 16, 2012 photo, Mailing del Carmen Aguilar, 5, stands at the bottom of a damaged staircase in the building where she lives with her family in downtown in Lima, Peru. Seismologists, engineers and civil defense officials agree that Lima is due for an earthquake but is acutely vulnerable and sorely unprepared. More than two in five of capital residents inhabit rickety structures built on unstable, sandy soil and wetlands, which amplify a quake's destructive power, or in the hillside settlements ringing the capital that sprang up spontaneously over a generation as people fled conflict and poverty in the interior, experts say.  (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this Oct. 16, 2012 photo, Mailing del Carmen Aguilar, 5, stands at the bottom of a damaged staircase in the building where she lives with her family in downtown in Lima, Peru. Seismologists, engineers and civil defense officials agree that Lima is due for an earthquake but is acutely vulnerable and sorely unprepared. More than two in five of capital residents inhabit rickety structures built on unstable, sandy soil and wetlands, which amplify a quake's destructive power, or in the hillside settlements ringing the capital that sprang up spontaneously over a generation as people fled conflict and poverty in the interior, experts say. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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