SANTIAGO: The eight.3-magnitude earthquake that smitten weekday off the coast of Chile has left a minimum of 5 dead, 1,000,000 exhausted and one person missing, a politician same.
The toll was given within the early hours of Thursday by Deputy Interior Minister Mahmoud Aleuy. He same the figures were preliminary.
Thousands of frightened residents hurried out onto the streets within the capital Santiago. The quake was felt as far as Argentina, wherever buildings conjointly swayed.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet place the cost at 3, with ten a lot of hurt, and same she would continue Thursday to the affected zones.
The u. s. earth science Survey (USGS) place the shallow offshore quake at a magnitude of eight.3 and same it hit simply 228 kilometers (about a hundred and forty miles) north of Santiago, a town of vi.6 million folks.
The quake, that smitten at 7:54 pm (2254 GMT), hit at a depth of eight kilometers, USGS said. Seismologists conjointly reported multiple aftershocks, a number of them on top of vi.0.
The Chilean government place the most earthquake at eight.4 on the scale of measurement.