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After powerful earthquake off Chile coast, government issues tsunami alert

Sep 17, 2015    

Santiago: A 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile on Wednesday evening, rocking buildings in the capital and sending people scurrying on to the streets. A tsunami alert was also issued, authorities said.The epicentre was out at sea, 246 km from Santiago, Xinhua reported, citing the United States Geological Service.Early reports indicate the earthquake occurred shortly at 7.55 pm local time at a depth of 10 km.A tsunami alert was immediately issued by the Chilean interior ministry and by the US' Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.Chile and Peru are on high alert, although the alert...

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