Deaths reported as tsunami hits Chile coast (Video)

Deaths reported as tsunami hits Chile coast (Video)

Written by Kumudu Jayawardana

02 Apr, 2014 | 9:24 am

A tsunami wave hit the northern coast of Chile on Tuesday after a massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the country’s shore. At least two people have died and three were seriously injured, officials say.

The quake occurred Tuesday, 95 km (59 miles) northwest of the mining area of Iquique near the Peruvian border. The epicenter was located at a shallow depth of about 20 km (12 miles) below the seabed.

The Chilean navy said the first sign of the tsunami hitting the coast was within 45 minutes of the quake. The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said a tsunami measuring almost two meters had been generated.

Chile’s emergency ministry ONEMI said there have been reports of landslides causing some blockage on roads and highways.

The governor of Iquique, Gonzalo Prieto, told local radio station Cooperativa that at least two people have been confirmed dead and three were seriously injured.

Several aftershocks – ranging from magnitude 5 to 6.2 – were detected in the area following the earthquake.

Two major fires have been reported in Iquique following the quake, according to Publimetro. There have also been reports of looting in the city.

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire on a restaurant by the sea shore after a powerful 8.0-magnitude earthquake hit off Chile's Pacific coast, on April 1, 2014 in Iquique. A tsunami warning has been issued for Chile, Peru and Ecuador, US officials said. The quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles), 83 kilometers from Iquique on Chile's northern coast, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.    (AFP PHOTO / ALDO SOLIMANO)

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire on a restaurant by the sea shore after a powerful 8.0-magnitude earthquake hit off Chile’s Pacific coast, on April 1, 2014 in Iquique. (AFP Photo / Aldo Solimano)

SOURCE: Foreign Media

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