Earthquake magnitude 7.7 hits Chile, triggers tsunami warning

BBC – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.7 off the coast of Chile has prompted a tsunami warning.

The quake struck about 225km (140 miles) south-west of Puerto Montt in southern Chile at 14:22 GMT, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Its depth was about 15km (10 miles). There are no details yet of damage.

Chile’s national emergency office has issued an alert and ordered the evacuation of coastal areas of Los Lagos region.

“As a measure of precaution, we order the evacuation of coastal areas of Biobio, Araucania, Los Rios, Aysen,” the alert said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous waves of up to 3m (9ft 10in) above tide level were possible on coasts located up to 1,000km from the quake’s epicentre.

Residents of Quellon, a town near the epicentre, were among those heading to safe areas, according to local media.

“I’ve lived for 10 years in the south and never felt something like that,” a resident who was leaving his house said.

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