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Chile hit by 7.6-magnitude earthquake aftershock

chile-earthquakeA powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile late yesterday in the wake of the fatal major quake on Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage and a precautionary tsunami alert along the coast and in neighbouring Peru was called off.

It was the strongest of several aftershocks that followed the 8.2-magnitude quake blamed for six deaths in the same region on Tuesday.

Chile’s emergency office Onemi said there were no initial reports of casualties or serious damage from the latest quake. Continue reading

Chile declares disaster in quake-hit regions

ChileearthquakeChile has declared three northern regions hit by a 8.2 magnitude earthquake to be disaster areas.

At least five people are known to have died and tens of thousands of people have been evacuated.

The quake struck at 20:46 local time (23:46 GMT) about 86km (52 miles) north-west of the mining area of Iquique, the US Geological Survey said.

Waves of up to 2.1m (6ft) have hit some areas and there have been power cuts, fires and landslides. Continue reading