People stand outside a destroyed house in Illapel, Chile, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. A magnitude 8.3 earthquake hit off northern Chile on Wednesday night, causing buildings to sway in the capital of Santiago and prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning for the Andean nation’s entire Pacific coast. People sought safety in the streets of inland cities, while others along the shore took to their cars to get to higher ground. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
An 8.3 magnitude earthquake shook Chile, killing at least eight people as of Thursday.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake occurred at 2254 GMT.
It occurred at a shallow depth, 228 kilometers (about 140 miles) north of Santiago.
AFP reported that Illapel, a coastal city of 30,000 was hardest hit by the earthquake.
The strong quake was very strong that the tremor was felt around South America.
The earthquake caused tsunami, leaving several towns flooded by water.
The coastal town of Coquimbo was hit by waves of up to 4.5 meters (15 feet) after the earthquake.
This earthquake is the strongest since 2010’s earthquake which killed hundreds of people.
Apowerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck off northern Chile on Tuesday night killing at least 5 people.
The Telegraph reported that according to the the United States Geological Survey (USGS) , the powerful quake struck at 8.46 pm local time (2346 GMT) at the relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (six miles), 83 kilometres from Iquique on Chile’s northern coast.
The earthquake caused landslides that blocked roads, power failed for thousands, damaged an airport and caused fire to some buildings.
It also shook modern buildings in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz.
About 300 inmates escaped from a women’s prison in the city of Iquique.
However, Chilean press reported that 30-40 escaped prisoners had been recaptured.
A tsunami warning remained in effect for northern Chile, but alerts were lifted elsewhere.
Geophysicist Gerard Fryer at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told The Associated Press:
“We regard the coast line of Chile as still dangerous, so we’re maintaining the warning,”
The center warned that the U.S. state of Hawaii, might see higher waves on Wednesday.