Tuesday, April 1, 2014
BREAKING: Major 8 0 Earthquake Hits Chile, TSUNAMI Warning for Pacific C...
At least five people are dead after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean at Chile coast, generating a two-metre tsunami.
The earthquake hit this morning at a depth of just 10 kilometres and was centred 86 kilometres north-west of Iquique in northern Chile.
Interior minister Rodrigo Penalillo says the victims were four men and a woman who died in the cities of Iquique and Alto Hospicio, either of a heart attack or after being crushed by debris.
The first waves struck Chile's northern coast within 45 minutes of the quake, with roads left gridlocked as Chileans abandoned their coastal homes for higher ground.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says the wave has been measured at 2.11 metres at its highest off Iquique.
A tsunami warning that had been in place for regions including Chile and Peru has now been cancelled, and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology says there is no significative tsunami danger for Australia or New Zealand.
1 Apr 2014
As it happened: Chile hit by 8.2 magnitude earthquake, five killed