5 Dead as Magnitude-8.2 Quake Hits Northern Chile - The New Indian Express

5 Dead as Magnitude-8.2 Quake Hits Northern Chile

Published: 02nd April 2014 09:57 AM

Last Updated: 02nd April 2014 09:57 AM

Chile's interior minister says the death toll has risen to five from a powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake that struck off northern Chile hours ago. The quake forced evacuations along the country's entire Pacific coast for fear of tsunamis.

Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo attributed the five deaths to heart attacks or being crushed.

Thousands have lost power, and hundreds of thousands of Chileans are spending the night away from their beds due to the evacuation order, which remains in effect for northern Chile.

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