A powerful eight－point－three magnitude
earthquake struck central Chile. At least five people are reported dead…
and a million people have been evacuated from their homes.
Kwon Jang－Ho has the details. Panic…as Chile is once again rocked by an earthquake.
It struck at 7：54 p.m. Wednesday local time， 230 kilometers from the capital， Santiago.
It measured 8.3 on the Richter scale， and tremors were felt as far as Buenos Aires in
Argentina， over 11－hundred kilometers away， setting off car alarms.
At least five people have died， and that number is expected to rise.
As the buildings shook and crumbled， thoughts flashed back to a quake five years ago，
which killed over 500 people and destroyed 200，000 homes.
The quake′s proximity to the sea also brought tsunamis.
Waves of up to 4－point－5 meters battered the coast of Coquimbo， as well as 2－meter
waves in Tongoy. ″It wasn′t a wave； it was like a high
tide， and it was strong. I look back and it was coming with that gas tank…I grabbed
my dog and ran.″ The morning light has revealed the extent
of the damage， to the buildings and to people′s lives. ″I lost everything. Everything. What can
I say？ I lost it all. I don′t have a shop. I had my house that was near the beach. I
can′t even talk.″ ″It′s completely flooded. Completely.
The mud， it′s under the cots， it′s in everything， everything. There′s nothing
that can be done.″ The tsunami alert has now been cancelled for
all regions of Chile， but there are still warnings of strong waves for as far as Hawaii，
New Zealand and Japan. Korea′s foreign ministry says there have
been no casualties among the 2，700 Korean residents in Chile， but they are working
with the local communities to confirm those reports.
Kwon Jang－Ho， Arirang News.