Big quake takes heavy toll on Chile


A fishing boat washed up onto the streets of the northern port city of Coquimbo, about 445km north of Santiago, by strong waves of up to 4.5m during Wednesday's 8.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile. Aftershocks continued on Thursday, a day after the quake that killed at least 12, led a million people to be evacuated and triggered tsunami waves along Chile's northern coast. The quake was the strongest recorded in the world this year and the biggest to hit Chile since 2010, and was felt as far away as Buenos Aires in Argentina. The homes of 610 people were so damaged that they were unable to return by late Thursday, said the government.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2015, with the headline 'Big quake takes heavy toll on Chile'. Print Edition | Subscribe