Tsunami Alerts Issued After Powerful 8.3 Earthquake Rocks Chile

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Tsunami Alerts Issued After Powerful 8.3 Earthquake Rocks Chile

A 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile Wednesday evening, triggering tsunami alerts across the country’s shoreline and for the state of Hawaii.

According to The New York Times, there were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage, but the paper noted communications have been disrupted.

U.S. officials say the quake occurred just before 7 p.m. Eastern time and was centered about 140 miles north-northwest from Santiago, Chile’s capital.

Chilean authorities warned that large waves caused by the quake could hit the country’s coast by 11 p.m.

In April 2014, six people were killed and more than 900,000 were evacuated after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile.

[Image via USGS]

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