An eyewitness of the major earthquake that shook Peru on Sunday, former police officer Yolanda Gárate Mori, has said that the tremor was "really strong and prolonged".
"We had been sleeping until we were woken up by some sort of commotion and then we rushed to the entrance door of our house where it is safer", the 56-year-old woman said.
To Mori's admission the whole situation felt terrible as she did not know when the quake would be over and she was deeply worried for her family.
"We are still frightened and couldn't sleep a wink the rest of the night", Mori said.
She confirmed that her relatives who live in the Peruvian jungle area where the effects of the quake were felt even stronger are currently fine.
Mori noted that the latest earthquake became the second strongest tremor since 2007 when the country also experienced an 8.0-magnitude quake.
According to the woman, Peru will hold nationwide drills on 31 May aimed to prepare the population for similar occurrences.
"We do not know when something more serious could happen", she said.