Sunday, December 25, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 off the coast of Chile triggers a tsunami alert

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 off the coast of Chile has triggered a tsunami alert.
It struck 140 miles southwest of Puerto Montt in southern Chile today. 
It was earlier reported as magnitude 7.6. The quake's depth was about 15 km (nine miles). 
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous waves were possible on coasts located up to 1,000km from the earthquake's epicentre. 

The agency put the quake’s magnitude at 7.7 and said it struck at 11:22 am local time near the southern tip of Chiloé Island, about 25 miles (40km) southwest of Puerto Quellón city and at a depth of 20 miles (33km). The area, about 140 miles (225km) from Puerto Montt, is relatively sparsely populated.
Chile’s naval oceanographic service declared a preventative tsunami alert and officials began evacuating coastal areas in the southern part of the country.
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