Powerful Earthquake Hits Chile, Causing Buildings to Sway and People to Run Into the Street; Tsunami Warnings Issued

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A large offshore earthquake struck Chile on Wednesday, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that dangerous waves were possible.

The earthquake off the coast of Central Chile had a preliminary magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter scale, which would be catastrophic if it hit a populated area on land, but the principal danger from this quake would be a tsunami.

“Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters … widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible,” the Warning Center said in a bulletin that said the greatest danger was for Chile and its northern neighbor Peru.

The bulletin also warned of potential impacts in Hawaii and all up and down the west coast of the Americas, though not in stark, threatening terms.

SOURCE: Victor Morton
The Washington Times

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