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Earthquake hits Chile's copper mines

An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 shook northern Chile near the country's copper mines overnight.

The epicentre of the quake was around 116 miles (187km) north of the city of Copiago and was relatively deep at around 80.8 miles (130km) below the surface, according to the US Geological Survey.

Chile, which is situated in the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire, is the biggest producer of copper in the world.


Death toll from powerful Chile earthquake rises to 12

An aerial view of the coastline of Coquimbo city after a tsunami swept in. Credit: Reuters

An 8.3-magnitude earthquake that hit off the coast of Chile killed at least 12 people, with five listed as missing, and caused billions in damage.

The most remarkable thing about Wednesday night's earthquake, however, may be the relatively low amount of havoc caused by such a powerful shake.

More than a million people to evacuate coastal areas, but experts said the death toll could have been far higher.

At least five killed and one million evacuated after Chile quake

At least five people are now known to have died following a powerful magnitude 8.3 earthquake off the coast of Chile.

The Agence France-Presse news agency also reports that one million people have been evacuated from areas hit by the tremors or at risk of tsunami flooding.

Several aftershocks, including one at magnitude-7 and four above 6, shook the region after the initial earthquake.


Video shows buildings shaking the moment quake hit

Flagpoles, buildings and electrical lines can be seen swaying dangerously as tremors from a powerful magnitude 8.3 earthquake hit towns and cities in Chile.

At least five people have died in the quake - the worst to hit the South American country in five years.

In 2010, a magnitude 8.8 quake and ensuing tsunami in central Chile killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks and seaside resorts.

That quake released so much energy, it shortened the Earth's day by a fraction of a second by changing the planet's rotation.

Chile's president: Three dead after earthquake

Residents of Valparaiso near the quake's epicentre shelter on high ground after a tsunami warning was issued. Credit: Reuters

At least three people have died following a strong earthquake in Chile, the country's president has confirmed.

President Michelle Bachelet said in a statement that three people had been killed in the quake and that she would visit the worst affected areas of the country.

The magnitude 8.3 quake is the worst to hit Chile in five years and triggered flooding in some coastal towns and sent terrified citizens fleeing into the streets.

Chile quake tremors 'felt on east coast of Argentina'

Tremors from a magnitude 8.3 earthquake off the coast of Chile were felt across the border with Argentina, hundreds of miles inland.

One Twitter user, Vickivillalobos, posted this video reportedly of heavy swells in a swimming pool in the Argentine town of Tunuyan, some 442km (274 miles) inland from Valparaíso - the nearest Chilean coastal city to the epicentre of the quake.

Residents in Buenos Aires 1,457km (905 miles) away on the eastern seaboard of South America also reported feeling the tremors, according to reports.

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