Ten dead after powerful 8.3 magnitude earthquake strikes coast of Chile

UPDATE: AT least 10 people have died after an 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile.

President Michelle Bachelet said the victims included a 35-year-old woman who was killed by a falling roof, a 20-year-old woman who was killed by falling rocks and a man in his 80s who had a heart attack.

A tsunami alert is currently in place for the coast of Chile and Peru, coastal areas of California, New Zealand’s eastern areas as well as Hawaii.


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More than one million people have been evacuated from the Chile and Peru coastlines.

UPDATE: THE tsunami advisory has been issued for coastal areas of California after an 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile. The Los Angeles Times reports that the tsunami advisory extends from San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente, about 55 miles north of San Diego, to Ragged Point, about 50 miles north of San Luis Obispo, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center. The tsunami will begin to affect the California coast about 4:46 a.m. local time in Newport Beach and arrive a minute later in the Port of Los Angeles. By 5:06 a.m., the tsunami will arrive in Santa Barbara, and by 5:10 a.m., in Port San Luis.

Image: National Weather Service

Image: National Weather Service

UPDATE: Chile’s government has urged residents to evacuate the coastline with hazardous tsunami waves expected to hit the coasts of Chile and Peru within the next several hours. A tsunami warning has also been issued for New Zealand’s eastern areas as well as Hawaii. Tsunami activity has been predicted to reach the East Cape, Chatham Islands, Coromandel and Banks Peninsula just after midnight tonight, with waves of up to one metre expected. It has warned that the tsunami activity could continue for several hours and that the threat should be regarded seriously until the warning was cancelled. New Caledonia, Fiji, the Samoas, the Cook Islands, Tonga and other island nations are also being warned of 1m waves. The tsunami warning comes after an 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile. The powerful quake struck just offshore in the Pacific at 7.54pm local time on Wednesday. US officials say the quake was centred about 246 kilometres north-northwest of Santiago. The US Geological Survey reported the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.9, however it was quickly upgraded to an 8.3.

EARLIER: A TSUNAMI warning has been issued for the entire Chile coastline after a 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile.

The powerful quake struck just offshore in the Pacific at 7.54pm local time on Wednesday.

US officials say the quake was centred about 246 kilometres north-northwest of Santiago.

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

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

Coastal residents have been urged to evacuate, with hazardous tsunami waves of 10 feet predicted along some coasts of Chile and Peru.

Hawaii is also on tsunami watch following the quake, with waves expected to reach its coasts later today.

The latest quake is the largest in the area in over 100 years.

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