Several dozen people have died, and around 200 have been injured, after Peru was rocked by a powerful earthquake. The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the tremor 145 kilometres south-east of Lima was at a depth of 40 kilometres. It happened in the early evening local time and was followed by several strong aftershocks. Initially it was thought that there had been two earthquakes but this was later revised.
“I was in a taxi at the time,” said one eyewitness, “and the taxi itself began to shake. We could see buildings swaying through the window and people running out into the street.”
The tremor immediately resulted in a tsunami warning for the entire west coast of South America, from Columbia in the north to Chile in the south. This has now been lifted. Radio stations are reporting a fire in one district of Lima and have also said that several poorly constructed homes were knocked down in Pisco.