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Massive Earthquake Shakes Chile

A massive earthquake shook near Concepcion, Chile, at 3:34 a.m. Saturday that measured an 8.3 magnitude on the Richter scale. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake struck 56 miles northeast of Conception at a depth of 34 miles. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning for Chile and Peru as well as a tsunami watch for Ecuador.

Reuters reported that witnesses felt the quake for 10 to 30 seconds and then flooded the streets of Santiago de Chile, the nation's capital. Reuters also said people in the capital, located 200 miles north of the earthquake's epicenter, were "hugging one another and crying." Emergency officials have responded quickly to survey damages and offer support to those affected by the earthquake.

This is not the first high magnitude quake to rock Chile. The world's biggest earthquake since 1900 when records were first kept, occurred in the nation in 1960. It measured 9.5 on the Richter scale and killed 1,655 people per data from the USGS. The resulting tsunami "battered" Easter Island, located 2,300 miles from Chile's Pacific coast and sent waves as far as Hawaii, Japan, and the Philippines.

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