Chile: A powerful 8.3-magnitude earthquake hit off Chile’s northern coast Wednesday night, sway all the buildings in the capital of Santiago and bringing flooding from small tsunami waves in some edge towns. The earthquake that killed at least 8 people and slammed powerful waves into coastal towns, forcing more than one million people to shift from their homes.
A powerful 8.3-magnitude earthquake hit off Chile’s northern coast Wednesday night, sway all the buildings in the capital of Santiago and bringing flooding from small tsunami waves in some edge towns. After the powerful quake hit on Wednesday evening, the government ordered evacuations from coastal areas.
The quake and heavy waves afterward caused flooding in coastal towns, damaged buildings and knocked out power in the worst hit areas of central Chile and sway buildings in the capital city of Santiago about 280 km to the south.
Tsunami advisories were issued for parts of Hawaii, South America, and California although waves were expected to be small. an earthquake that killed at least 8 people, Among the dead A 26-year-old woman was killed by a collapsing wall in Illapel, close to the epicentre, and an 86-year-old man Another person died from a heart attack in Santiago.
The coastal town of Coquimbo was hit by waves of up to 4.5 meters (15 feet) after the earthquake. The brunt of the damage was borne by coastal areas where houses and fishing boats were smashed by waves.
Deputy interior minister Mahmoud Aleuy said, It was the sixth most powerful quake in the history of geologically volatile Chile and the strongest anywhere in the world this year.