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8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Chilean Coast, Tsunami Warnings Issued for Western Coast of South America

The US Geological Survey has issued a tsunami warning for much of the western coastline of South America after an 8.2 magnitude quake struck approximately 60 miles off the coast of Chile shortly after 6:45pm local time. The USGS is still evaluating tsunami threats for Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and British Columbia but so far, no tsunami warnings have been issued in the United States or Canada.

(Infographic source: CNN)

At least four aftershocks of magnitude 5.0 or higher have been reported. The Chilean government has urged people along the coast to evacuate after tsunami waves reaching heights of at least six feet have been reported coming ashore in that country.


So far no deaths or injuries have been reported, but approximately 500 people died in an 8.8 magnitude quake that struck in 2010.

This post will be updated as I gather more information, and as more information is released.

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