A powerful earthquake off the coast of Chile shook late Wednesday night, local time, Chile as well as several other South American countries.
The quake, which measured 8.3 on the Richter magnitude scale, is said to have been so powerful that it was even felt in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the other side of the continent, as well as in Peru and Brazil, AP reports.
Several aftershocks, including one with a magnitude of 7 and four with a magnitude of 6, was recorded after the first initial earthquake.
At least eight people are reported to have died as a result of the earthquake, the authorities issued alerts of tsunamis and urged people near the coast to seek to higher ground.
According to witnesses, Wednesday's earthquake lasted an unusually long time, over three minutes.
One million people have been evacuated in Chile after the powerful earthquake hit the country.
In a powerful earthquake in Chile in 2010, over 500 people were killed, while 220,000 homes were destroyed. Since then, the authorities have been actively working to minimize the harmful effects of future earthquakes.
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