5 dead as magnitude-8.2 quake hits Chile

Interior minister of Chile’s says the loss toll has risen to five from an influential magnitude-8.2 quake that struck off northern Chile hours ago. The earthquake forced evacuations along the country’s whole Pacific coast for fear of tsunamis.

Rodrigo Penailillo Interior Minister of Chile’s credited the five deaths to heart attacks or being packed down.

Thousands have mislaid power, and thousands of Chileans are spending the night away from their beds because of the mass departure order, which remains in effect for northern Chile.

300 female inmates run away secure unit

More than 300 inmates escaped from a women’s prison amid a tsunami alert in northern Chile, the interior minister said.

“Around 100 special forces will be sent to the area” of the remote town of Iquique, around 200 kilometres from the Peruvian border, to deal with the problem, Rodrigo Penailillo told reporters.

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