FROM Matador staffer Scott Brannon:

I lived in Lima for three years and for the last two there was literally an earthquake every three weeks. It started driving me crazy and they became more and more terrifying even when they were small (which they all were, but you still felt the shit out of them).

When you think about the construction of the buildings in that part of the world, there is zero wood: It’s all cinder blocks, cement, and re-bar with heavy poured concrete floors above and below you.

The latest reports are of five dead and hundreds of thousands evacuated due to tsunami warnings. A state of emergency has been declared and troops have been deployed to the hardest hit areas.