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Magnitude 8.2 Earthquake Strikes Off the Coast of Chile



A magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck 100 kilometers off the coast of Chile at 7:46 p.m. ET, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While initial reports did not indicate a major death toll, the quake reportedly did cause mass evacuations and widespread fears up and down the coast of South America

The quake’s epicenter was under the sea floor about 62 miles northwest of Chile’s northern coastal town of Iquique, according to the USGS.

Following the major seismic event, officials ordered a tsunami warning for Chile, Ecuador and Peru. The Pacifica Tsunami Warning Center also issued a tsunami watch for Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. This map shows the area surrounding Iquique: Read more…

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