Chile Rocked by 8.8 Magnitude Earthquake

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Early this morning, a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake shook Chile, killing at least 78 people and knocking down buildings and roads across the country. The quake was centered 200 miles outside of Santiago and felt as far away as Buenos Aires. But its effects will reverberate far beyond South America: There are already tsunami warnings for Hawaii, Japan, Russia, California, and Alaska, along with just about every other Pacific Island. The 8.8 magnitude earthquake was a thousand times stronger than the 7.0 quake that hit Haiti last month.

Pacific under tsunami threat after massive 8.8 quake strikes Chile CNN [CNN]