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Huge earthquake hits Chile, 120 dead

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Huge earthquake hits Chile, 120 dead


A massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake has struck Chile, triggering a tsunami. At least 120 people have been killed and more deaths are feared.

Serious damage has been reported in two southern cities, in what is the country’s worst quake in decades. In the capital Santiago, the international airport has been forced to close.

It was the early hours of the morning in Chile when the quake struck, 90 kilometres northeast of the city of Concepcion, at a depth of 35 kilometres.

A huge wage swept into the southern island of Juan Fernandez and a Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued. It is feared Hawaii could be hit. Coastal areas of Chile’s Easter Island are being evacuated.

The US Geologoical Survey has warned an earthquake of magnitude 8 or over can cause “tremendous damage.” The quake that devastated Haiti last month was measured as magnitude 7.0.

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