8.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Chile from Its Coast
by Chris Kraul
8.8 earthquake strikes Chile; cities throughout Pacific brace for tsunamis
The quake, centered 60 miles offshore, knocks down highway overpasses and buildings in the capital and the port city of Concepcion. At least 82 are killed, with the toll expected to rise.
Reporting from Bogota, Colombia – The death toll is expected to rise from a devastating earthquake that struck Chile after midnight Saturday and President Michelle Bachelet declared parts of her country catastrophe zones.
Interior Minister Edmundo Perez Yoma told reporters at a midday news conference that the magnitude 8.8 quake with an epicenter 60 miles offshore from the port city of Concepcion had left at least 82 dead.
The first television transmission of the damage showed collapsed highway overpasses and buildings in south Santiago, the capital, and Concepcion. As many as 11 aftershocks, some of magnitude 6.0 or higher, continued to strike the region throughout the morning. The international airport of Santiago remained closed Saturday afternoon
Coastal cities throughout the Pacific region were bracing for possible tsunamis. Hawaii was expected to receive a tsunami of 3 femeasuring et to 6 feet by midday. Waves more than 6 feet had struck the Chilean island of Juan Fernandez. – More here.