At Least 5 Dead, a Million Evacuated in Massive Chile Earthquake
The 8.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Wednesday off the coast of Chile has left at least five dead, a million evacuated and one person missing, an official said.
The toll was given in the early hours of Thursday by Deputy Interior Minister Mahmoud Aleuy. He said the figures were preliminary.
In Chile, thousands of terrified residents rushed out onto the streets in the capital Santiago. The quake was felt as far away as Argentina, where buildings also swayed.
The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that “hazardous” tsunami waves were possible for some parts of Chile’s shoreline, including above three meters (10 feet) the tide level.
Tsunami waves were also possible along French Polynesia, Hawaii and California, officials said, as well as smaller waves as far afield as Japan and New Zealand.
The first tsunami waves struck Chile’s coast, including the tourist city of Valparaiso, local television pictures showed, but there were no immediate details of damage or injuries.