Chile shaken by new strong quake
CHILE: A 7.1 magnitude earthquake has struck central Chile,
prompting an short-lived evacuation order for coastal areas for fear of
a tsunami and causing panic in an area devastated by a massive quake two
There were no immediate reports of deaths or significant damage,
officials said. And the evacuation order issued for the central coast of
Chile -- the same area devastated in 2010 -- was lifted a few hours
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said “a destructive Pacific-wide
tsunami is not expected.” Government spokesman Andres Chadwick said the
Office of National Emergencies had issued the evacuation order as a
precaution due to “observation of a certain intake of the sea.” Chadwick
said the decision was taken preventively to protect the population even
though the visual sighting of the sea conditions had not been
confirmedby technical experts from the navy’s Hydrographic and
In its first quake damage report, the emergency office said one
person was injured in a car accident in the Bio Bio region.
“For now we do not have reports of any fatalities.
“There is some evidence of people injured, unfortunately from pieces
of walls that fell,” Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter said.
The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 2237 GMT on Sunday
some 32 kilometers (20 miles) northwest of Talca in Chile’s Maule
region, the same area ravaged by a massive 8.8 earthquake in late