Photos: Deadly quake hits South America
Chileans are slowly recovering from a deadly 8.2-magnitude earthquake that shook South America Tuesday night. At least five people were killed after suffering from heart attacks or being crushed under rubble, Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said.
The earthquake, which struck Chile’s northern coast near a major port city, triggered a small tsunami. Several cities were impacted with waves as tall as six feet. Additionally, a tsunami warning was issued for the Pacific coast of South America, as well as for Hawaii due to strong currents. Multiple aftershocks were felt as far as Bolivia and Peru, shaking buildings and setting off landslides.
As officials begin to assess the damage, security personnel continue their search for inmates who escaped from a women’s prison in the city of Iquique and have not yet been returned.