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Chile earthquake: one million people evacuated after 8.3 magnitude quake

Chile earthquake: one million people evacuated after 8.3 magnitude quakeAs it nears half to 4am in Chile, one million people are on the streets taking refuge from a major earthquake, which has been followed by flooding and waves of up to 4.5m.

Five people have been killed in Chile’s largest earthquake since the February 2010 quake that killed more than 500. Around 20 people have been reported injured.

One million people have been evacuated from their homes after buildings swayed and collapsed in some areas. The tremors could be felt as far as Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, more than 1,100km away.

Chile is bracing for tsunamis as flooding is reported up and down the country’s coast. The hardest hit regions have been Conquimbo,where waves of up to 4.5m were recorded, and Tongoy, with waves of up to 2m. Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet said both areas had been declared catastrophe zones and troops would be sent in to deter looting.

Tsunami alerts have been issued for Peru, New Zealand, California, Hawaii and other Pacific states.

Chile earthquake: one million people evacuated after 8.3 magnitude quake
Chile earthquake: one million people evacuated after 8.3 magnitude quake


Source: Reuters
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