(smh.com) – Tsunami warning after powerful earthquake hits Chile

 

A powerful 8.3-magnitude earthquake has struck off the central coast of Chile, causing buildings to sway in the capital Santiago and triggering a tsunami warning.

Tsunami alarms sounded in the port of Valparaiso and authorities issued a tsunami alert for Chile’s entire coast.

Hazardous tsunami waves from the quake were possible along the coasts of Chile and also Peru within the next several hours, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no tsunami threat to the Australian mainland, islands or territories.

US officials said the quake struck just offshore in the Pacific Ocean at 7.54pm, local time,and was centred about 228 kilometres north north-west of Santiago.

The US Geological Survey reported the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.9, however this was later upgraded to 8.3.

It said the quake was five kilometres below the surface.

Chile’s emergency office warned that big waves caused by the quake could hit the coast by 11pm.

Australian rapper Urthboy is in Chile and tweeted that he felt the earthquake strike.
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Hazardous tsunami waves were possible along the coasts of Chile and also Peru within the next several hours, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said, while a tsunami watch was also issued for Hawaii.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no tsunami threat to the Australian mainland, islands or territories.

US officials said the quake struck just offshore in the Pacific Ocean at 7.54pm, local time, and was centred about 228 kilometres north north-west of Santiago.

The US Geological Survey reported the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.9, however this was later upgraded to 8.3.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the quake struck 10 kilometres below the surface.

“Based on all available data, hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts,” the centre said.

Officials ordered people to evacuate low-lying areas along Chile’s Pacific shore, from Puerto Aysen in the south to Arica in the north. Cars streamed inland carrying people to higher ground.

Chile’s emergency office warned that big waves caused by the quake could hit the coast by 11pm.

If tsunami waves impact Hawaii, the estimated earliest arrival time would be 3.06am, local time.

Witnesses said the powerful quake was felt as far away as the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, on the eastern seaboard of South America.

Interior Minister Jorge Burgos told reporters there were reports of damages to homes in Illapel, about 280 kilometres north of Santiago. There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths.

Chile’s state copper miner Codelco said workers at its Ventanas division have been evacuated.

Newsweek published pictures showing people gathering at a tsunami-safe zone.

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