Another natural disaster.. an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Chile early Saturday killing at least 78 people, collapsing buildings and setting off a tsunami.
Image below from The Star shows vehicles along a highway that collapsed during the earthquake near Santiago are seen overturned on the asphalt.
- The quake hit 200 miles (325 kilometres) southwest of the capital, Santiago, at a depth of 22 miles (35 kilometres) at 3:34 a.m. (0634 GMT; 1:34 a.m. EST), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
Below sharing some details from The Star.. 8.8-magnitude earthquake hits central Chile; tsunami threatens Pacific (Update 6)
- The epicenter was just 70 miles (115 kilometres) from Concepcion.
- A huge wave swept into a populated area in the Robinson Crusoe Islands, 410 miles (660 kilometres) off the Chilean coast.
- Tsunami warnings were issued over a wide area, including South America, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Russia and many Pacific islands.
- In the 2 1/2 hours following the 90-second quake, the U.S. Geological Survey reported 11 aftershocks, five of them measuring 6.0 or above.
- The airport for Chile's capital of Santiago airport was shut down and will remain closed for at least the next 24 hours.
- In Santiago, modern buildings are built to withstand earthquakes, but many older ones were heavily damaged.
- President Michele Bachelet said she was declaring a "state of catastrophe" in three central regions of the country. Chile has not asked for assistance from other countries.
- Several hospitals were evacuated due to earthquake damage.
Maps of Chile earthquake courtesy of NY Times
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