A fire burns at a restaurant after an earthquake in Iquique, Chile, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast Tuesday night. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage, but buildings shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz. (AP Photo/Cristian Viveros) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE
Apowerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck off northern Chile on Tuesday night killing at least 5 people.
The Telegraph reported that according to the the United States Geological Survey (USGS) , the powerful quake struck at 8.46 pm local time (2346 GMT) at the relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (six miles), 83 kilometres from Iquique on Chile’s northern coast.
A view of the city of Iquique, Chile, after an earthquake struck late Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast Tuesday night. Buildings also shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz. (AP Photo/Cristian Viveros) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE
The earthquake caused landslides that blocked roads, power failed for thousands, damaged an airport and caused fire to some buildings.
It also shook modern buildings in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz.
About 300 inmates escaped from a women’s prison in the city of Iquique.
However, Chilean press reported that 30-40 escaped prisoners had been recaptured.
A tsunami warning remained in effect for northern Chile, but alerts were lifted elsewhere.
Geophysicist Gerard Fryer at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told The Associated Press:
“We regard the coast line of Chile as still dangerous, so we’re maintaining the warning,”
The center warned that the U.S. state of Hawaii, might see higher waves on Wednesday.
A bulletin released by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center/NOAA/NWS issued on February 6, 2013 shows the area affected by the tsunami warning following a major earthquake measuring 8.0 magnitude off the Solomon Islands. A small tsunami hit the Solomon Islands on Wednesday after a major undersea earthquake sparked a tsunami warning for several South Pacific island nations and placed many more nations including Australia and Indonesia on alert. REUTERS/Pacific Tsunami Warning Center/NOAA/NWS/Handout
An 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck 340 km (211 miles) east of Kira Kira in the Solomons on Wednesday, February 2013.
The strong earthquake triggered a tsunami in remote part of the Solomon Islands.
A 0.9 metres (three feet) tsunami hit near the town of Lata on the remote Santa Cruz island, hitting some villages and the town’s main airport.
Lata hospital’s director of nursing, Augustine Pilve, told New Zealand television that five people had been killed, including a boy about 10 years old, saying, “It’s more likely that other villages along the coast of Santa Cruz may be affected.”
Some communities have been badly hit, with houses have been damaged by the waves.
The Solomons is situated on the active “Pacific Ring of Fire”.
In 2007, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed at least 50 people while dozens were missing and destroyed more than 13 villages.