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Chile earthquake: Tsunami warning lifted

A damaged road is on Chiloe island in southern Chile. Credit: Reuters

A tsunami warning issued following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in southern Chile has been lifted, the US-based Pacific tsunami warning centre has said.

There are no immediate reports of fatalities and only minor damage is known.

About 4,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas for fear of a possible tsunami following the quake, but the alert was eased about 90 minutes after the tremor.

Tsunami warning after 7.6 magnitude Chile earthquake

The earthquake struck on Sunday, 140 miles southwest of Puerto Montt. Credit: USGS

A tsunami warning has been issued after an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 struck in southern Chile.

It happened at 11.22 am local time on Sunday (14.22 GMT) near the southern tip of Chiloe Island about 25 miles southwest of of Puerto Quello and 140 miles from the port city of Puerto Montt.

The earthquake had a depth of about 20 miles miles, the US Geological Survey said.

Officials began evacuating coastal areas in the southern part of the country after a tsunami warning was issued for areas within 1,000 km of the epicentre.

The first tidal waves were expected to arrive at the coast in Chile's Los Lagos region by 1 p.m. local time (1600 GMT), Chile's National Emergency Office said.

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.

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