Reader Carmen Watton was in the Peruvian town of Pisco when the huge earthquake struck. The town was largely destroyed. "It was a scene of total devastation," she says.
"Pretty much every building was in some state of collapse. I was lucky. I was carried out of my hotel by another man, Ricardo, who was staying there."
"He luckily had a car and we fled town with two other tourists the next morning, having slept in a car park. There were lots of cars and buses full of people also trying to get out."
"There were huge cracks in the road on the way to Cincha."
"The damage was visible everywhere."
"There were also cars and trucks lying abandoned by the side of the road."
"We continued onto Lima, with huge cracks in the road along the way."
"Ricardo told us he didn't remember this Canyon looking like this before the earthquake."
"The roads remained largely passable..."
"...but I had never seen anything like it." If you have any pictures of the earthquake, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.