An earthquake with magnitude of 8.2 occurred off the coast of Chile, the US Geological Service reported on Wednesday.  At least five people died, other three were seriously injured, Chilean Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said.

The earthquake nested at a depth of ten kilometres, the US Geological Survey said earlier. The epicenter was located 86 kilometers northwest off the Chilean port city of Iquique. Thousands of local residents were evacuated over a tsunami threat that will remain in place for several more hours, according to ITAR-TASS.

The earthquake damaged several buildings and roads and disrupted power supply. Looting cases were reported in several settlements. Meanwhile, 300 prisoners escaped from a women’s prison in the city of Iquique.

In February 2010, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Chile and triggered a tsunami that claimed 524 human lives.

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