Death toll nears 500 in Peru quake; rescue mission mounted
Road damage impedes rescue and aid efforts
By Adriana León
Los Angeles Times
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LIMA, Peru -- The death toll in a massive earthquake that battered Peru's Pacific coast soared toward 500 on Thursday as rescue workers struggled to reach scenes of devastation and stunned victims appealed for medical aid, water and coffins.