The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said there are no reports of British casualties in Peru following the earthquake on Wednesday that killed 400 people and injured 1,000.

Despite around 61,000 British tourists visiting the country a year, none was affected by the earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale and mostly affected the cities of Ica and Pisco which are 100 miles south of the capital Lima.

Road travel in the province of Ica has been severely disrupted while the Panamerican highway has also been damaged north of Pisco, causing the suspension of local bus services.

The FCO is not advising against travel to the country. However, it has closed the British Embassy in Lima, where the earthquake was also felt, as a structural check of the building is undertaken.

For emergencies outside of office hours call either the FCO Response Centre in London on 020 7008 1500 or the British Embassy Duty Officer in Peru on +51 1 9751 7123.