Death toll rises to 11 in Chile

Posted by on Saturday, September 19, 2015

The death toll has risen to 11 and more than a million residents have been evacuated and over 170 homes are destroyed, after a powerful 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck west of Illapel, Chile on Wednesday.

The quake lasted for more than three minutes and there have been dozens of strong aftershocks.

Tsunami waves also hit the coast further north and south of the quake's epicentre, with waves half a metre higher than usual as far north as La Punta. Waves as high at 4.7m were observed.

A tsunami alert was issued for the entire Chilean coast but has since been lifted.

Chile is a hot zone for earthquakes, as a result most of the country's infrastructure is built to withstand tremors.

Power is still out to thousands and many are left without drinking water, however things are slowly beginning to return to normal.

An earthquake is the perceptible shaking of the surface of the Earth, which can be violent enough to destroy major buildings and kill thousands of people. The severity of the shaking can range from barely felt to violent enough to toss people around. Earthquakes have destroyed whole cities.

A tsunami is a series of waves in a water body caused by the displacement of a large volume of water, generally in an ocean or a large lake. 



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