Chile Earthquake Measuring 8.8 On The Richter Scale Hits Concepcion And Capital Santiago.avi
Chile Rocked By Deadly 8.8-Magnitude Quake Breaking News10:17am UK, Saturday February 27, 2010 Chile Rocked By Deadly 8.8-Magnitude Quake Adam Arnold, Sky News Online At least 17 people have reportedly been killed after a huge earthquake struck the Chilean coast, causing buildings to collapse in the capital Santiago. The quake, which measured a significant 8.8 on the Richter scale, shook the city for about a minute and a half in the early hours of the morning. There were also power cuts in the capital, which is about 200 miles away from the quake's epicentre. That was close to the town of Maule, and happened at a depth of 22 miles at 03:34am (06:34am UK time). The epicentre was also 56 miles from Chile's second largest city Concepcion, where more than 200000 people live along the Bio Bio river. Several big aftershocks later hit the south-central region, including ones measuring 6.9, 6.2 and 5.6. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said of the initial quake: "Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. "It may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicentre and could also be a threat to more distant coasts." But reports later claimed the tsunami warning had been lifted in southern Chile, citing the country's navy. WHERE THE QUAKE STRUCK View 8.8 Magnitude Quake in a larger map The 17 deaths are according to local radio reports. Earlier, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced six deaths - and warned that numbers could rise. She said: "There <b>...</b>
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