An offshore earthquake with a reported magnitude of 7.0 shook much of Peru today. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the quake centred off a sparsely populated area of the country's southwestern coast.
The quake was felt mildly in Lima, 310 miles (500 kilometres) away and caused swaying in Arequipa, about 170 miles away (300 kilometres). A tsunami warning was not issued.
"Most people felt it, not everyone," said Jose Vasquez, deputy director of civil defense in Arequipa. "It lasted a little bit. It wasn't a big shake, just a release, like the movement of a hammock."
The quake's epicentre was 28 miles (46 kilometres) south of Acari and it hit at 11.43am local time (4.43am NZ time) at a depth of 27 miles (46 kilometres), the US Geological Survey said.