After an 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Chile on Sept. 16, at least 8 people were reportedly killed and one missing so far.
Affected areas were declared disaster zones by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.
(Soundbite) Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile
“We are going to travel. The exact places we will travel to is where we are waiting for the relevant information. We know there are many cities where the houses have had significant damage.”
At a press conference on the quake night, Bachelet said that they were monitoring the extent of the damage to have an accurate picture of what happened.
The president said she decided to evacuate the coastal area because ‘the fundamental focus’ is the protection of people.
The quake at 19:54 local time (22:54 GMT) was centered in the Coquimbo region, about 470 kilometers from capital city Santiago, and was felt in much of the country.
The quake was followed by a low intensity tsunami that hit the coastal area but caused no injuries.