Christmas Earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 strikes off the coast of Chile forcing thousands to flee

A powerful earthquake shook southern Chile today but there were no immediate reports of deaths.

The earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck 140 miles southwest of Puerto Montt.

Around 4,000 people were evacuated for fear of a possible tsunami after the quake, but the alert was eased about 90 minutes later.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had warned hazardous waves were possible on coasts located up to 1,000km from the earthquake’s epicentre.
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