Buildings shook, store shelves fell over and windows were broken. People ran out of buildings in a panic. One woman, age 50, died out of a heart attack, which is being attributed to fear. No other causalities were reported.
Telephone lines continue to be jammed, but electricity is slowly returning. Damage appears to be minimal, though investigation is still ongoing. The oceanographic service is not concerned about the possibility of a tsunami.
A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile in 2010, which resulted in a tsunami. The disaster cost the country 551 lives, over 200,000 homes and $30 billion.
Chile is one of the most earthquake prone areas of the world. The strongest quake on record anywhere happened there in 1960. The magnitude-9.5 quake killed over 5,000.
Stay tuned as news unfolds on how to help victims of the latest earthquake.