5 dead in magnitude-8.2 earthquake in northern Chile
Chilean officials say five people died when the powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off northern Chile, setting off a small tsunami that forced evacuations along the country's entire Pacific coast.
The governor of Chile's northern Iquique area, Gonzalo Prieto, tells Radio Cooperativa that two people are confirmed dead and several others are seriously injured.
The mayor of Tarapaca attributes the deaths to heart attacks.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck 61 miles (99 kilometers) northwest of Iquique, Chile, at 8:46 p.m. It hit in an area that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks.
The latest tremor shook buildings in parts of the nearby nations of Bolivia and Peru.
U.S. officials say they've found no imminent threat of a tsunami along the coasts of Alaska, California, Oregon or Washington following the quake, but the danger to Hawaii is still under evaluation.
Bill Knight, a scientist at the National Tsunami Warning Center, says early data show that by the time waves generated by Tuesday night's quake reach the West Coast, they'll be too small to pose any threat.
Hawaii faces greater potential danger, but analysts are still assessing the threat and no warning has been issued. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says if tsunami waves are generated, the earliest they'd hit Hawaii is 3:24 a.m. Wednesday Hawaii Standard Time.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says if tsunami waves are generated, the earliest they'd hit Hawaii is 3:24 a.m. Wednesday Hawaii Standard Time.
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