A 8.3 magnitude earthquake rocked the central coast Chile on September 16, triggering strong aftershocks and small tsunamis along the coastline. The powerful earthquake could be felt as far away as Argentina. The quake was so strong, officials in the United States issued tsunami advisories along the California coast and Hawaii as precautions.
The deadly earthquake struck at 7:54 p.m. local time.
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At least a dozen aftershocks of magnitude 4.9 or higher continued shaking the area for the following hour.
Terrified, people filled the streets as their homes shook violently.
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The epicenter of the earthquake was near the coastal town of Illapel, Chile, 180 miles north of the nation’s capital Santiago.
Tsunami warnings were issued for the entire Chilean coast.
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One million people were evacuated from their coastal homes.
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Tsunamis battered the Chilean coast north and south of the epicenter.
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Waves as high as 15 feet devastated low-lying towns.
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Residents inspected the full damage the following day.
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There have been 11 confirmed deaths so far.
Hundreds of thousands of families remain without power.
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And towns are still under water.
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“Once again we must confront a powerful blow from nature,” Bachelet said in a televised broadcast.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declared a catastrophe zone in the coastal cities.
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Tongoy, Concón, and Coquimbo all reported strong tsunami activity.
In the aftermath, some offered perspective.
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In 1960, Valdivia experienced a magnitude 9.5 earthquake which shook the ground for 12 minutes and killing 1,665 people. It is the strongest earthquake ever recorded.