Chile issues tsunami warning & orders evacuation of Antarctic base after 7.0 quake

Chile issues tsunami warning & orders evacuation of Antarctic base after 7.0 quake

A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake followed by multiple aftershocks have rattled Chile, triggering a tsunami warning for the coastal regions, and evacuation of the country’s largest research station in Antarctica.

The strongest 7.0 quake struck at 8:36pm some 216 kilometers northeast of Chile’s O’Higgins scientific base, while another jolt shook the Chile-Argentina border region close to the capital Santiago at 9:07pm.

Chileans were urged to abandon coastal areas due to a tsunami threat, although later the Interior Ministry clarified that the evacuation order was sent out to cell phones across the country by “mistake,” and was only meant for the coastal regions of Antarctica.

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