On April 1, an earthquake with the magnitude of 8.2 hit Chile’s northern coasts, killing six and causing the evacuation of nearly a million people.
This powerful earthquake that struck Chile late at night caused power outages, landslides, and a tsunami. Six deaths were recorded. Four people died by heart attack and two others were crushed by falling debris. Multiple aftershocks were recorded, the biggest having a 7.6-magnitude.
Strict building codes and proper national disaster procedures saved the lives of many. Ramon Galleguillos, the mayor of Alto Hospicio, told reporters in the area that there were more than 2,500 homes that had severe structural damage. Galleguillos explained that these were the older homes that had weak structures and were built with poor workmanship.
“Many people are fearful after experiencing the powerful earthquake in 2010, so they immediately fled for higher ground when they heard the tsunami warning,” said Fabrizio Guzman, World Vision emergency
communications manager in Chile.
Chile avoided a major catastrophe unlike the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Chile on February 27, 2010. That earthquake caused over 60 million dollars in damage, ruined thousands of buildings, and killed over 500 people.
This earthquake caused no damage to North America’s coastlines.