Several Peruvian cities were destroyed and at least 335 people have been killed in a powerful earthquake that recorded 7.9 on the Richter Scale.
Thousands of people are feared injured and trapped under the debris in the towns of Pisco, Chincha, and other coastal Peruvian towns, in what is feared to be among the worst earthquakes to hit SouthAmerica.
Thedamage was so severe that the government was forced to declare a state of emergency.
The quake struck early this morning (Indian time),and its magnitude set off fears over a possible tsunami. Evacuations were ordered immediately.
Another strong earthquake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale, alsostruck the Solomon Islands today.