Chile earthquake triggers tsunami warning

A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of southern Chile, prompting a tsunami warning.

The quake struck at 14:22 GMT on the island of Chiloe, about 40km (25 miles) south-west of Quellon, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Its depth was about 34km.

Chile’s national emergency office has issued an alert and ordered the evacuation of coastal areas of Los Lagos region.

“As a measure of precaution, we order the evacuation of coastal areas of Biobio, Araucania, Los Rios, Aysen,” the alert said.

Residents of Quellon were among those heading to safe areas, according to local media.

“I’ve lived for 10 years in the south and never felt something like that,” a resident who was leaving his house said.

Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet tweeted: “Much strength and encouragement to the compatriots affected by the tremor in Chile and other areas in the south. Emergency procedures are already in place.”

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