On Thursday, after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake strong aftershocks rippled through Chile that killed at least eight people and slammed powerful waves into coastal cities, that forced more than a million people to leave their house.
On Wednesday evening, after the powerful quake authorities ordered evacuations from coastal towns to avoid a repeat of a quake disaster in 2010 when they delayed to warn of a tsunami that killed hundreds
The heavy waves afterward and quake caused flooding in coastal areas, which damaged buildings and shook buildings in the capital city of Santiago about 280 km (175 miles) to the south and knocked out power in the worst hit areas of central Chile.
Major damage in the quake was done to the port of Coquimbo which was the strongest in the world in 2015, Jorge Burgos, Interior Minister told a news conference.
Michelle Bachelet, the president said she planned to travel to the places worst affected by the aftershocks, which is the biggest to hit the country since 2010.
“Once again we’re having to deal with another harsh blow from nature,” she said in a televised statement.
The country is the world’s top copper producer and operations were suspended at two big copper mines in Chile.
On the London Metal Exchange, Copper prices rose to two-month highs in early Asian trading.
“It’s been awful. We ran out of the house with our grandchildren and now we are on a hill hoping it will be over soon,” said Maria Angelica Leiva from the coastal town of Navidad.