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Tsunami alert lifted after powerful Chile quake

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Tsunami alert lifted after powerful Chile quake

<p>A tsunami warning has been lifted after a powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake off the southern coast of Chile on Sunday.</p> <p>It struck, at a depth of some 34 km, near Quellon on the island of Chiloe, southwest of the city of Puerto Montt.</p> <p>No deaths are being reported but the quake did cause damage.</p> <p>Thousands of people fled to higher ground after evacuations were ordered in the Los Lagos region, amid fears a tsunami could bring up to 3 metre high waves crashing into low-lying areas, as far as 1,000 kilometres away from the epicentre.</p> <p>Chile has a long history of deadly quakes, including a 8.8 magnitude quake in 2010 off the south-central coast, which also triggered a tsunami that devastated a coastal town.</p> <p>President Michelle Bachelet tweeted her support for those subjected to this latest tremor.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">¡Mucha fuerza y ánimo a los compatriotas afectados por el sismo en Chiloé y otras zonas del sur! Protocolos de emergencia ya están operando.</p>— Michelle Bachelet (@mbachelet) <a href="https://twitter.com/mbachelet/status/813038330313146368">25 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>“Much strength and encouragement to the compatriots affected by the tremor in Chiloe and other areas in the south. Emergency procedures are already in place,” she said.</p>