Thousands of earthquake-hit Chile

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Thousands of earthquake-hit Chileans return home as country calls off tsunami alert after 8.2 tremor leaves six dead and forces evacuations along the entire coast

  • Quake struck at 8.46pm (00.46BST) on Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean
  • Chilean officials say five people killed and many others seriously injured
  • Coastal areas evacuated by authorities immediately after tremor struck
  • 300 women inmates escape jail in city of Iquique near quake’s epicentre

Thousands of people who evacuated Chile’s low-lying coastal areas returned home this morning after authorities called off a tsunami alarm as damage from a massive overnight earthquake seemed mostly limited.

The earthquake, with a magnitude of 8.2, struck off the coast of northern Chile near the copper exporting port of Iquique on Tuesday evening, killing six and triggering a tsunami that pounded the shore with 7ft waves.

Mines in Chile, the world’s No 1 copper producer, mostly said they were functioning normally, and oil refineries…

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