A series of earthquakes in Peru last week have led to the largest recorded earthquake in the world and the biggest ever recorded tsunami, but not all is lost.
The first earthquake hit just before midnight local time (11pm AEST) on Tuesday, sending waves surging through the mountains of the state of Mato Grosso, which lies just to the east of the epicentre.
The quake, which was felt as far away as Lima and the capital, was recorded as a magnitude 7.7 quake, making it one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the country since the 1970s.
While the epicenter was about 150km (93 miles) south of the town of Quimpo, the quake was felt far more strongly, according to the US Geological Survey.
The epicenter is located on the Pacific Ocean and is between Peru’s Andes and Pacific Ocean, and is about a thousand kilometres from the centre of the country.
The tsunami occurred around 11:45pm local time on Tuesday (11:45 GMT), which was the third major earthquake to hit Peru this year.
A huge wave was felt in the Pacific, affecting about 2,000km (1,300 miles) of coast and affecting about 300 people, according the USGS.
“There’s an enormous amount of damage and people are evacuating,” said Ramiro Valle, a local resident of the city of Quirimacay in the province of Pumas.
“We’re evacuating as quickly as possible because we have no water, no electricity, no running water.”
A tsunami warning was issued for the entire state of Quijas in the neighbouring state of Jalisco on Tuesday evening.
In the state capital of Quilubalacay, residents were told to evacuate and that a tsunami warning remained in effect.
The city of Guadalupe, about 250km (155 miles) north-west of Quiimacaya, was evacuated, and its main shopping district was closed.
The National Emergency Centre (CIC) said it was monitoring the quake’s aftermath in the capital city and that more information would be released on its website.
In other news, a US Marine helicopter was shot down in the Amazon rainforest while searching for an oil rig that is believed to have derailed near the village of Kigaluit, which is in the Andes region of Peru, according US media reports.
The crash of a US military helicopter in the region near the town where the oil rig is believed found has led to a massive fire and the deaths of three people, US officials said on Monday.US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that the accident could cost lives and destroy the fragile ecosystem that supports the indigenous people of the region.
He told reporters that the crash could have a huge impact on the area’s ecosystem, but it would not be the first time that US military aircraft have been shot down.
“I don’t think that any of us will ever forget the tragic loss of life,” he said.