5 Dead, 1 Million Forced to Flee Their Homes after Chile Quake

A powerful earthquake measuring 8.3 on the Richter scale hits off Chile’s northern coast; tsunami alert issued.

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Police patrol a debris strewn street in Valparaiso, Chile, after a tsunami, caused by an earthquake hit the area, Wednesday. (Photo: AP)

A powerful 8.3 magnitude earthquake hit off Chile’s northern coast, killing five people and forcing 1 million to flee their homes. The quake shook buildings in the capital city of Santiago and flooded some coastal areas under a tsunami warning.

Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet said said she would travel to the worst-affected areas.

Once again we’re having to deal with another harsh blow from nature.
— Michelle Bachelet, President, Chile

The earthquake was the most powerful to hit Chile in five years and triggered flooding in some coastal towns and sent terrified resident pouring into streets.

Television images showed panicked people gathered in streets lined with damaged buildings, while big waves flooded roads in some cities along the coast.

The quake also damaged homes, buildings and injured several people and was felt as far away as Buenos Aires in Argentina.

(With agency inputs)

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