January 8, 2011

7.1 MAGNITUDE Earthquake Rattles Southern Chile This Past Sunday! Thousands Flee To Higher Ground! I'm Just Now Hearing About It

Today Online
written by Staff
Tuesday January 4, 2010

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake shook southern Chile on Sunday, prompting thousands to flee the coast for higher ground amid fears it could generate a tsunami - like the one last year.

There were no reports of deaths or damage and no tsunami alert was issued. Some mobile telephone communications and electrical power were knocked out in the Araucania region where the quake was centred, 595km south to south-west of the capital, Santiago.

When the first temblor struck, people in coastal cities moved away from the ocean, abandoning shopping centres. Hundreds of tourists at the resorts of Villarica and Pucon cut their trips short and headed north, clogging roads and toll stations. AP

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