A massive earthquake has hit central ChileThere ware massive earthquake in Chile. The 8.8 quake caused widespread damage, destroying buildings, bridges and roads inmany areas. Some lifelines were cut. Chilean President Michele Bachelet said that altogether two million people had been affected.
Tsunami That earthquake caused tsunami.In Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand, residents in coastalareas were warned to move to higher ground. Hawaii later lifted its tsunami warning after waves measuring just under 1m high struck but caused no damage.
Damages The earthquake brought some damages.The earthquake struck 115km north-east of the city of Concepcion and 325km south-west of the capital Santiago. It is the biggest to hit Chile in 50 years.
At least 85 people died in the region of Maule alone, local journalists there said.Television pictures showed a major bridge at Concepcion had collapsed into the Biobio river. Rescue teams are finding it difficult to reach Concepcion because of damage to infrastructure, national television reported. In Santiago, where at least 13 people werekilled, several buildings collapsed - including a car park where dozens of cars were smashed.
Damage to Santiago international airports terminal will keep it closed for at least 72hours. Flights are being diverted to Mendoza in Argentina. Tsunami waves reached the Juan Fernandez island group, reachinghalfway into one inhabited area. Local media say that five people died there and several others are missing.
After earthquake One journalist speaking to Chilean national television from the city of Temuco, 600km south of Santiago, determined to spend the rest of the night outside. Chile is highlyvulnerable to earthquakes as it is situated onthe Pacific "Ring of Fire", on the edge of the Pacific and South American plates. Chile suffered the biggest earthquake of the 20th century when a 9.5 magnitude quake struck the city of Valdivia in 1960, killing 1,655 people.