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Chile 8.2 earthquake kills 6, causes fires and tsunami

A fire burns at a restaurant in Iquique after the earthquake on April 1.
A fire burns at a restaurant in Iquique after the earthquake on April 1.
Photo by: CNN

A massive earthquake registering 8.2 on the Richter scale hit Chile Tuesday night reported Reuters on April 2, 2014.

Six people are confirmed dead reported Chilean Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo. Penailillo believes the deaths were a result of falling debris or heart attacks.

The powerful quake, felt as far as 300 miles away in La Paz, Bolivia, caused a tsunami.

A six-foot tsunami struck the northern town of Pisagua, Chilea, at 8:04 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. There are reports of road damage between Iquique and Alto Auspicio.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has canceled tsunami warnings for Peru, Ecuador, Columbia and Panama.

According to Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a tsunami advisory remains in effect for Hawaii.

"The waves will not be big enough to cause any flooding, so nobody needs to evacuate. But we just want to clear the beaches. And fortunately, since it's 3:30 in the morning, that's really no hardship," Fryer said.

“The biggest worry is the currents. If anyone is in the water, you know fishing or something like that, they could get banged up or swept out to sea or something.”

Chilean copper mines, the world No. 1 producer of copper, are undamaged.

Michelle Bachelte, Chilean president, has declared parts of northern Chile a disaster zone.

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