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WASHINGTON, April 03. /ITAR-TASS/. A powerful 7.8 magnitude aftershock has rattled Chile’s coast. The US Geological Survey reported that the quake nested at a depth of 20 kilometers. The epicenter was located 23 kilometers to the north-west of Chile’s port city of Iquique.
A tsunami alert has been issued for northern coastal areas. The tremor was initially reported at 7.4 magnitude. An hour before the aftershock, another quake with a 6.4 magnitude struck the same area.
The Chilean authorities announced the evacuation of people from the coastal areas of the country, Reuters reported. The tsunami threat has also been issued for southern regions of Peru. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was evacuated from the city of Arica.
April 2 earthquake
At least five people died, other three were seriously injured in a strong 8.2 magnitude earthquake in northern Chile on Wednesday, April 2.
The earthquake nested at a depth of ten kilometres, the US Geological Survey said earlier. The epicenter was located 86 kilometers northwest off the Chilean port city of Iquique. Thousands of local residents were evacuated over a tsunami threat.
The earthquake damaged several buildings and roads and disrupted power supply. Looting cases were reported in several settlements. Meanwhile, 300 prisoners escaped from a women’s prison in the city of Iquique.