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.
The authorities order at least 100,000 people in the island state to move to higher ground.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the first tsunami wave was three feet high and less forceful than expected.
The tsunami hit with little warning and an alert, issued at short notice due to initial confusion among scientists about the quake’s undersea epicenter, caused massive traffic congestion as motorists made a mass exodus from low-lying areas.
The tsunami center cautioned that wave height could not be predicted and that the first wave “may not be the largest and all shores are at risk no matter which direction they face”.