Powerful earthquake kills five in Chile

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Chile Chile's president has declared a state of emergency in the region where a powerful earthquake has struck off the country's northern coast.

An 8.3 magnitude quake hit the region, followed by at least 10 strong aftershocks.

Five people were killed, landslides blocked roads, fires destroyed several businesses and power was knocked out to thousands.

Some 300 inmates escaped from a women's prison.

The government also has extended tsunami warnings for northernmost Chile.


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