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Chile feels nearly 30 earthquakes in 24 hours

Chile feels nearly 30 earthquakes in 24 hours Credit: USGS

There have been around 30 earthquakes and severe aftershocks off the coast of Chile in the past 24 hours maps from the US Geological Survey show.

Yesterday a areas were evacuated when an 8.2 magnitude quake sparked a tsunami alert.

Chile feels nearly 30 earthquakes in 24 hours Credit: USGS

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Authorities declare state of emergency in Chile

Authorities in Chile have declared a state of emergency after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake claimed five lives off the country's north coast.

An 8.2 earthquake has struck off the coast of Credit: REUTERS/Cristian Vivero

The extent of damage has not yet been fully assessed, president Michelle Bachelet said, but she sent a military plane with 100 anti-riot police to join 300 soldiers deployed to prevent looting and round up escaped prisoners.

About 300 inmates escaped from a women's prison in the city of Iquique. In Arica, another city close to the quake's offshore epicentre, hospitals treated minor injuries, and some homes made of adobe were destroyed, authorities said.

Tsunami warning remains in place after Chile quake

A tsunami alert has been issued after a major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of Chile.

An illustration of where the 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck in Chile. Credit: US Geographical Survey

This graphic from the US Geological Survey shows where the earthquake struck and at what depth. Five people are reported to have died in Chile following the quake.

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Residents move to higher ground after a tsunami alarm

Residents take their belongings to higher ground after a Tsunami alarm at Talcahuano city, south of Santiago on the southern Pacific coast. Credit: Reuters
Residents take their belongings to higher ground after a Tsunami alarm at Talcahuano city, south of Santiago on the southern Pacific coast. Credit: Reuters
Residents take their belongings to higher ground after a Tsunami alarm at Talcahuano city, south of Santiago on the southern Pacific coast. Credit: Reuters

'No serious damage' reported after Chile quake

There is no serious damage to infrastructure or reports of victims following a massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of northern Chile, a government representative said.

"We have asked citizens to evacuate the entire coast... there is no serious damage to houses ... there have been no people hurt," said home office minister Mahmud Aleuy.

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