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Powerful Earthquake in Chile

An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile just after 8:00 P.M. local time last night. The earthquake epicenter was offshore from the Chilean Region of Tarapaca (population 350,373).

There are reports of structural damage and six casualties. The Government has declared two northern zones as disaster areas.

Approximately 900,000 people were evacuated from coastal zones deemed vulnerable to tsunamis. The tsunami alert, however, has since been lifted. Nine aftershocks have followed the initial quake and more are expected.

UNICEF staff in Chile and Peru are safe and monitoring the needs of families and children. Our thoughts are with the people in the affected areas.


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