Tsunami warning after Chile hit by devastating earthquake

A view of  Concepción, which is the epicentre of the earthquake. <em>Picture: Conce</em>
A view of Concepción, which is the epicentre of the earthquake. Picture: Conce
A devastating earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale has hit Chile, triggering a tsunami warning for Chile and Peru and a tsunami watch for Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Antarctica.

Early reports said six people were killed in the quake. Later ones suggested dozens had died and the death toll is expected to rise sharply. Telephone and power lines are down in the capital and there has been damage in the historic centre of Santiago, 200 miles north of the epicentre.

After the main quake, which lasted around 30 seconds and could be felt in neighbouring Argentina, people poured onto the streets, hugging each other and crying. The country was shaken by several aftershocks for around two hours after the quake struck.

The website of Crónica newspaper in Concepción, at the epicentre of the quake, and Santiago’s El Mercurio were both down this morning.

  • Doooglaz

    Damn shame. Great nation, great people and moving up to “developed” status quickly.
    They have some very good leadership and financial reserves so lets hope the cleanup goes as quickly as possible.
    They have a trade agreement and good relations with China so maybe they can send some guys and equipment to help them gidRdun faster.

  • cynical Highlander
    • Stewart Kirkpatrick

      @ cynical Highlander. Thanks for that link, what a great resource.

      Stewart Kirkpatrick
      Editor, The Caledonian Mercury