Authorities in Peru say the death toll from Wednesday's devastating earthquake has risen to at least 510 people, as survivors and rescuers cope with hundreds of aftershocks.
An especially powerful five-point-nine magnitude aftershock complicated rescue efforts today (Friday). It is not clear if the aftershock caused additional damage or injury. Rescuers are struggling to reach hundreds of people believed to be trapped in the wreckage of ruined buildings.
With no place to put victims' bodies, workers are just covering the corpses and laying them out in rows on the ground. Some 15-hundred people were injured in the earthquake and are struggling to find medical care. Damage to roads has crippled access to Pisco and other port cities along Peru's central coast. President Alan Garcia has declared a state of emergency and a three-day period of national mourning.