Tsunami warning for Chile, Peru and French Polynesia after powerful earthquake hits Chile: No impact to Sri Lanka


UPADTE: There will be no impact of the Tsunami following the 8.3 magnitude earthquake which hit-off the Coast of Chile, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) stated.


9/17/2015: A magnitude 8.3 earthquake hit off the coast of Chile on Wednesday (16), shaking buildings in the capital city of Santiago and generating a tsunami warning for Chile, Peru and French Polynesia.


Chile's Government urged residents to evacuate the coastline. The mayor of Illapel, which is near the epicenter, said on a radio broadcast that a 26-year-old woman had been killed by a collapsing wall, and 15 others were reported injured.


The quake hit just 46 km (28 miles) from Illapel, leaving the city 210 km (130 miles) north of Santiago without electricity or drinking water. People fled their damaged homes and poured into the streets, the Mayor said.


Reuters witnesses said the quake was felt as far away as the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, on the Eastern Seaboard of South America.


The quake struck 105 miles (169 km) north of Valparaiso at a depth of 15.5 miles (25 km), and was originally reported as magnitude 7.9, the U.S. Geological Survey said.


State copper miner Codelco [CODEL.UL] said that it had evacuated workers from its Ventanas smelter but all its other divisions were operating normally. Antofagasta Plc (ANTO.L) reported no damage to its flagship Los Pelambres copper mine.

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