6.8 magnitude earthquake off coast of Peru (

An earthquake that hit Peru and shook buildings in the capital of Lima 300 miles away from the epicentre has been upgraded from magnitude 6.8 to 7.2.

The earthquake struck around 80km from the coast of the district of Acari and initially sparked a tsunami warning for Hawaii. The warning has since been removed.

The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre said that the earthquake had been upgraded to 7.2 magnitude and said that although there was no longer a tsunami warning in place, several areas, including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington state, Oregon and California might experience sea level changes.

There have been no reports of damage or casualties but aftershocks have been reported in a number of places.

Frank Bajak of Associated Press said: "Mild rumbling felt here in Lima. No immediate reports of damage."