Several killed after powerful earthquake near Chile leads to tsunami

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Thousands of people who evacuated Chile’s low-lying coastal areas returned home on Wednesday morning after authorities called off a tsunami alarm as damage from a massive overnight earthquake seemed mostly limited.

The earthquake, with a magnitude of 8.2, struck off the coast of northern Chile near the copper exporting port of Iquique on Tuesday evening, killing six and triggering a tsunami that pounded the shore with 2-meter (7-foot) waves.

Mines in Chile, the world’s No. 1 copper producer, mostly said they were functioning normally, and oil refineries said they were normalizing operations.

The country’s president, Michelle Bachelet, declared parts of Chile’s north a disaster zone, promising troops and police reinforcements to maintain order while damage was repaired after landslides blocked roads. - Reuters