Friday, 04 April 2014 09:59

Chile declares disaster area after 8.2 earthquake

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Chile has declared two northern regions hit by a magnitude 8.2 earthquake to be disaster areas with at least 6 people dead and many thousands evacuated from their homes. The quake epicenter was at sea, 86 kms northwest of the port city of Iquique. Waves of up to 6ft hit some coastal areas which also suffered power cuts, fires and landslides. The quake was also felt in Peru and in Bolivia's capital of La Paz 470km from Iquique. An initial tsunami warning was issued for the coastlines of Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Panama. In 2010, central and southern areas of Chile were hit by a magnitude 8.8 followed by a tsunami that devastated large areas with more than 700 people killed.

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