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Five Dead After Huge Quake Hits off Coast of Chile

TIME

Updated: 12:27 a.m. EST on Wednesday

At least five people died and three were injured after a massive earthquake struck off of Chile late Tuesday, officials said, sending waves crashing into coastal towns in the country, prompting evacuations across Latin America’s Pacific coast and warnings as far away as Hawaii.

Officials rescinded their initial blanket warnings late on Tuesday after fears of a potential tsunami had sparked alerts throughout countries across the Pacific coastline and put officials thousands of miles away in Hawaii on standby. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) had initially extended tsunami warnings to five countries following the quake, but as of late Tuesday night, only Chile and Peru remained on the list.

Warnings of a tsunami began circulating after the 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck 61 miles off the port city of Iquique in Chile’s northern mining region. The United States Geological Survey recorded the earthquake at…

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