8.3 magnitude Chile earthquake sets off tsunami waves



    8.3 magnitude Chile earthquake sets off tsunami waves

    Sept.17, Santiago: A magnitude 8.3 earthquake has hit central Chile, killing at least five people and forcing one million to flee their homes.
    Some coastal areas are under a tsunami warning and residents have been evacuated from the area.

    The quake shook buildings late on Wednesday in the capital city of Santiago, about 280km to the south, and flooded.

    The earthquake produced waves of up to 4.5m (15ft) along the coast in the region of Coquimbo.

    The US Geological Survey said that the tremor struck at 19:54 local time, about 55km west of the city of Illapel. Officials said it was at the depth of about 10km (six miles).

    Tsunami advisories were issued for parts of South America, Hawaii, California and French Polynesia, although waves are generally expected to be small.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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