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Chile, Eucador and Peru issue tsunami alert after quake
(04-02 09:49)

An 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit near Chile's Pacific coast, triggering a tsunami that caused waves of more than two meters and warnings for people in Chile, Peru and Ecuador to seek higher ground.
The quake struck at 8:46 pm local time a depth of 10 kilometers, 83 kilometers from Iquique on Chile's northern coast, the United States Geological Survey said. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning.
Chilean authorities – who registered the quake at 7.9 – and their Ecuadoran and Peruvian counterparts also issued a tsunami alert after the quake.
Chilean authorities ordered people along its vast coast to flee for higher ground. Ricardo Toro, of Chile's National Emergency Office (Onemi), said the first waves of the tsunami had reached Pisagua, on the northern coast.
“Everyone along our coast should be alert and ready,'' Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said on Twitter.
In Peru, the southern coastal area was also put on alert, while in Lima roads along the coast were closed, said the mayor of the capital, Susana Villaran.
“This is a warning to all the precautionary measures to be taken by the population,'' Colbert Ruiz, a commander with the navy, told AFP.
“An alert means being on watch but does not confirm the arrival of a tsunami,'' he said. “So far, there is nothing.''
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also issued a “watch'' for Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries after the quake, which was also felt in Bolivia. It was followed by aftershocks including one of 6.2-magnitude.
   
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