Tsunami researchers watch for waves from Chile quake


A 8.3-magnitude earthquake that struck near the coast of central Chile has reportedly led to the deaths of at least eight people and triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami that could reach distant shorelines — but specialists expect little damage.

The tsunami waves reached heights of more than 3 metres above tide level along some Chilean coastlines. But timely warnings and the evacuation of 1 million people seem to have limited the harm caused. Most of the many international telescopes hosted in Chile also survived unscathed, except for minor damage to one observatory.


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