Magnitude-8.2 quake strikes northern Chile
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 06:36:17 GMT —
SANTIAGO, Chile (WACH/AP) -- Officials in Chile are reporting damage from a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that struck Tuesday night off the coast of northern Chile.
The powerful tremor set off a small tsunami and caused landslides.
Chile's interior minister says the death toll has risen to five. Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo attributed the five deaths to heart attacks or being crushed.
In the city of Arica, the mayor reports some homes made of adobe were destroyed and there were minor injuries.
The quake shook modern buildings in nearby Peru and in Bolivia's high altitude capital of La Paz, which is 290 miles away from the quake's center. Evacuations were ordered in both coastal Chile and Peru.
There have already been at least 10 strong aftershocks, including a 6.2 tremor. A seismologist at the University of Chile says more aftershocks and even a larger quake can't be ruled out.
Chile is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries. The strongest earthquake ever recorded happened in Chile -- a magnitude-9.5 tremor in 1960 that killed more than 5,000 people.
A tsunami advisory was issued for the state of Hawaii due to the threat of sea level changes and strong currents. A major tsunami is not expected for the state.