Magnitude 8.2 Earthquake Hit Northern Chile

A fire burns at a restaurant after an earthquake in Iquique, Chile, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast Tuesday night. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage, but buildings shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia's high altitude capital of La Paz. (AP Photo/Cristian Viveros) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE
A fire burns at a restaurant after an earthquake in Iquique, Chile, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast Tuesday night. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage, but buildings shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz. (AP Photo/Cristian Viveros) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE

A powerful 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.

A view of the city of Iquique, Chile, after an earthquake struck late Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast Tuesday night. Buildings also shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia's high altitude capital of La Paz. (AP Photo/Cristian Viveros) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE
A view of the city of Iquique, Chile, after an earthquake struck late Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast Tuesday night. Buildings also shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz. (AP Photo/Cristian Viveros) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE

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. 

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In Peru, waves of 2 meters above normal forced about 200 people to leave the seaside town of Boca del Rio.

More than 10 strong aftershocks followed in the first few hours, including a 6.2 tremor.

Seismologist Mario Pardo from the University of Chile said that more aftershocks and even a larger quake could not be ruled out.

Photos Of ‘Mega-Mudslides’ In Bolivia

On Sunday night, a ‘mega mudslides’ hit La Paz, Bolivia after heavy rains brought by La Nina phenomenon.

The mudslides destroyed the houses of at least 4000 people.

The Bolivian president promised that the government will build new houses for the victims.

The poor neighbourhood of Carlapa was badly damaged.

Most of the houses were built on the hills and fell on top of another.

Mudslide is a natural disaster.

I am very sad and sorry for the victims.

People try to recover their belongings after a landslide triggered by heavy rains, destroyed around 100 houses at the Valle de Flores neighborhood in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
People walk next to an area where around 100 houses were destroyed after a landslide was triggered by heavy rains at the Valle de Flores neighborhood in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
People recover belongings after a landslide, triggered by heavy rains, destroyed around 100 houses at the Valle de Flores neighborhood in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
People try to recover their belongings after a landslide triggered by heavy rains destroyed around 100 houses at the neighborhood of Valle de Flores in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Members of a rescue team attempt to recover a motorcycle trapped under the debris of a collapsed building after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 27, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado
Members of a rescue team attempt to recover a motorcycle trapped under the debris of a collapsed building after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 27, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado
A general view shows the destruction after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 28, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado
People walk on a destroyed road after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 28, 2011. Heavy rains triggered landslides in the area on Sunday, leaving two people dead, dozens injured and destroying hundreds of houses, according to local media. REUTERS/David Mercado
A general view shows the destruction after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 28, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado
Members of a rescue team look at the destruction after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 28, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado