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17 of September, 09:45

Chile covers a tsunami after the earthquake
In the state on the Pacific coast have been recorded strong earthquakes with magnitude of 8.3. Then wave height up to 4.5 m covered Chile.

In Chile there was a strong earthquake of a magnitude of 8.3. After the first tremors geological survey told about 15. An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale was registered in 25 km from the small metropolis maps of illapel with a population of about 22 thousand people. Hearth lies at a depth of 31 kilometers.

2nd and 3rd aftershocks of magnitude 6.1 and 6,2 happened at a depth of 10 km near the coastline, 4th - power of 5.7 on the Richter scale at a depth of 35 km is a little further from the shore. In the country announced the red is the highest alert level. This decision was made on Wednesday by the National office for emergencies law enforcement agencies of the South American Republic.

In addition, after the earthquake that happened on the Pacific coast, authorities warned about the danger of the collapse of the new element. To the best knowledge of the Navy of Chile, to the shores of the port city of Coquimbo reached wave heights up to 4.5 meters, tells Reuters. Great is the danger of tsunamis in the region, which also extends to Peru and the Hawaiian Islands.

In this regard, the authorities have evacuated from the coastal areas. In some Metropolitan areas of power in schools canceled classes. The Director of the National management of emergency situations Ricardo Toro urged people in areas where there is a threat of a tsunami, stay in safe places and not to return to our own building, TASS informs.

Note that the power already suffered huge damage from the elements. According to the witnesses, in the Chilean capital swayed tall buildings. Upheavals of the earth's crust was felt in various locations of Chile and adjacent Argentina, even in Buenos Aires. Additionally, in the area of the town of Coquimbo over 185 thousand people were left without electricity.

With all that in an emergency 5 people died, another million were evacuated. Note that 3 of the number of the victims died in consequence of a heart attack from the stress after the hurricane hit, two more died as a consequence of the collapse of the roof and falling stones.

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