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Chile earthquake kills 122 and triggers tsunami
|Last Edited||Scott³ Feb 27, 2010 12:40pm|
|Media||Newspaper - The Times (U.K.)|
|News Date||Saturday, February 27, 2010 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||"A massive earthquake has hit the coast of Chile, killing more than 100 people, flattening buildings and triggering a tsunami. |
The 8.8-magnitude quake shook the country for a minute and half at 3:34am (6:34am GMT) today.
A tsunami warning has been extended across 53 countries, including most of Central and South America and as far as Australia and Antarctica.
The wave has already caused serious damage to the sparsely populated Juan Fernandez islands, off the Santiago coast, and is now travelling across the ocean at several hundred km per hour.
People in the Galapagos and on Easter Island have already taken refuge, while the US has started evacuating the shoreline communities of Hawaii.
At least 122 have been killed in the quake, according to Chile’s national emergency office.
President Michelle Bachelet has declared a “state of catastrophe” in the country. Calling for calm from an emergency response centre, the outgoing president said: “We have had a huge earthquake, with some aftershocks.
“Despite this, the system is functioning. People should remain calm. We’re doing everything we can with all the forces we have. Any information we will share immediately.”
The quake hit near the town of Maule, 200 miles southwest of Santiago, at a depth of 22 miles underground."
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