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Powerful Earthquake Hits Northern Chile Triggering Tsunami Evacuation

Written by Elizabeth On 2 April 2014 @ 3:22 am | 1 Comment

In Breaking News, Chile, Disaster, Latin America, Spanish, Weblog

A strong 8.2 earthquake [1]hit northern Chile at 20:46 and generated a tsunami that triggered the alarms across the country as this video shows:


The epicenter was located 89kms Southeast of Cuya, in front of Tarapaca's coast.

Map: Epicenter of the 8.2 magnitude earthquake in Northern Chile

The government asked for an immediate evacuation of the entire coastline as the first waves [4] hit Iquique.

In this Storify collection [5] by Nacion.cl, there are several pictures of people moving to higher ground and some damages caused by the earthquake. 

Some Twitter users shared important information, including the government's Emergency National Office (ONEMI) [6]:

During a Tsunami Alert, evacuate by foot and go the nearest meeting point.

Don't forget your pets, they should be evacuated with you. Please #AlertaTsunami #Tsunami #Terremoto [earthquake] #Iquique #Arica

Others compared the government's response to the one during a major earthquake in 2010:

They learned from their mistakes: tsunami alert, evacuation and the army to the streets. Finally, they put their pants on.

This is a developing story, watch this space for more details. 

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URLs in this post:

[1] 8.2 earthquake : http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000nzvd#summary

[2] pic.twitter.com/dENbEwaeoS: http://t.co/dENbEwaeoS

[3] April 2, 2014: https://twitter.com/BreakingNewsChi/statuses/451178511047221248

[4] first waves: http://ptwc.weather.gov/ptwc/text.php?id=pacific.TSUPAC.2014.04.02.0131

[5] Storify collection: https://storify.com/nacioncl/espectaculares-imagenes-de-la-evacuacion-por-alarm

[6] Emergency National Office (ONEMI): http://www.onemi.cl/quienes-somos.html

[7] April 2, 2014: https://twitter.com/onemichile/statuses/451171804523278336

[8] #AlertaTsunami: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AlertaTsunami&src=hash

[9] #Tsunami: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Tsunami&src=hash

[10] #Terremoto: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Terremoto&src=hash

[11] #Iquique: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Iquique&src=hash

[12] #Arica: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Arica&src=hash

[13] April 2, 2014: https://twitter.com/Vero_Animalista/statuses/451149317974138881

[14] April 2, 2014: https://twitter.com/hugoalc/statuses/451185892888420352

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