7.2-magnitude quake hits Chile, coast area evacuated
Chilean authorities have ordered for evacuation of people from low-lying coastal areas after an powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale jolted offshore Maule, at 22:37:04 GMT on Sunday, Xinhua reported.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter, with a depth of 10.00 km, was initially determined to be at 35.1160 degrees south latitude and 72.6580 degrees west longitude.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center ruled out a Pacific-wide tsunami but said a quake of this size may generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the epicenter. It advised local authorities to take preventive measures.