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7.7 quake rocks Chile


Tsunami center issues warning for Hawaii after ‘horribly strong’ temblor

A major earthquake rocked a large area of northern Chile on Wednesday, toppling power lines and closing roads. There were no immediate reports of injuries from the quake, which was felt in the capital as well as neighboring Peru and Bolivia.

“It was horribly strong. It was very long and there was a lot of underground noise,” said Andrea Riveros, a spokeswoman for the Park Hotel in Calama, about 60 miles east-southeast of the epicenter.

“I was very frightened. It was very strong,” added Paola Barrie, administrator at the Agua del Desierto Hotel, three miles from Calama. “I’ve never felt one that strong.”

'Floating' feeling
She said the hotel felt “like a floating island” during the quake, which downed power lines and cracked windows on nearby houses.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, 36.7 miles deep, was centered 66 miles west of the town of Calama and struck at 1540 GMT (10:40 a.m. ET).


No Hawaii tsunami threat after 7.7 quake in Chile
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has ended a tsunami advisory for the state of Hawaii effective as of 6:56 a.m.

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck 22.2 miles south and 69.9 miles west of Northern Chile at 5:41 a.m. today, a bulletin from the warning center said. It registered 7.3 on the richter scale.

A nonexpanding regional tsunami warning was issued at 5:57 a.m. for a part of the Pacific near the earthquake. The warning center said that based on all available data, there is no destructive tsunami threat to Hawai'i.

However, the warning center also said some coastal areas in Hawai'i could experience small nondestructive sea level changes and strong or unusual currents lasting up to several hours.

The estimated time such effects might begin is 7:36 p.m., the warning center said.

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