An earthquake of 8,4 magnitude hit Chile on Thursday night. The quake, followed by an aftershock of 6,4, was centered 54 kilometers north of Illapel and 228 kilometers north of Santiago. Chile’s national emergency service reported 4,5-meter tidal waves hitting the town of Kokimbo. 5 people are confirmed to have been killed in the quake and nearly 1 million forced to evacuate.
Earlier on, Chile’s national emergency service issued a tsunami alert, following which minor tsunami waves were reported to have reached Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, at 6 a.m. local time (00.00 a.m. Moscow time).
Tidal waves of 30 and 10 centimeters were reported off the coast of Japan’s north-eastern prefecture of Iwate and island of Hokkaido. A first wave was lower than the preceding one and in as little as 3 hours a second wave of 70 centimeters struck the prefecture of Iwate.
Meteorologists claim that subsequent waves may be even higher and urge the people to stay off the coastal areas until an alert has been canceled.