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.
“It was like a nuclear bomb went off,” said West Mayor Tommy Muska.
It is said that 10 to 15 buildings have been totally demolished and probably 50 homes were heavily damaged.
People expect more to be found dead because this is a very big one and some people might still be trapped in collapsed buildings.
Yahoo News reported that, Texas Public Safety Department spokesman D.L. Wilson said about half the town, about eight to 10 blocks, had been evacuated and that “we might even have to evacuate on the other side of town” if winds shifted.
The cause of the explosion is not immediately known.
It is really sad and scary to see another huge explosion just two days after the ones in Boston.