A 7.7 magnitude earthquake was felt in Chile. The local authorities issued a preventative tsunami alert for areas at a distance of up to 1000 kilometers (620 miles) from where the earthquake struck.







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Today (Sunday), a 7.7 magnitude earthquake was felt in Chile. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning message.

The earthquake struck approximately 225 kilometers (140 miles) south of Puerto Montt in southern Chile at a depth of only 15 kilometers (9 miles).

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the waves could strike the coasts at a distance of up to 1000 kilometers (620 miles) from the epicenter of the earthquake. Local authorities ordered the evacuation of coastal areas in the Los Lagos region as a preventative measure.

In 2010, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck the same region of the country.