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Powerful Earthquake Hits Chile, 100,000 People Evacuated

A powerful earthquake that hit the Southern American nation of Chile has led to the evacuation of over 100,000 people from its coastal regions, reports AFP. The earthquake was measured at 6.7 on the Richter Scale and struck at 6:16 pm local time. The US Geological Survey had earlier measured the earthquake to be of 7.0 magnitude – which was scaled down later.

In the meantime, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) which had earlier issued a bulletin saying that there was no threat of a tsunami, issued a subsequent bulletin that said that sea level readings indicate that a Tsunami was indeed generated. The bulletin adds that the tsunami “may have been destructive along coasts within 200 km of the earthquake epicenter”. In case no major waves are observed two hours after the quake, it also told the local authorities to assume that the threat has passed.

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