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Massive ocean swells pound Chile's coastline

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 - 00:47

July 4 - A large swath of Chile's Pacific coast is on alert as massive swells pound the coastline due to strong weather, with high winds and tidal movements combining to create waves as big as seven meters, or 22 feet. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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STORY: A large swath of Chile's Pacific coast remained on alert Thursday as massive swells continued to pound the coastline due to strong weather. High winds and tidal movements combined to create swells with waves as big as seven meters (22 feet) in some parts of the South American country's coastline. In the city of Vina del Mar, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Santiago, the tide washed over a pedestrian footbridge and onto coastal streets on Tuesday. Seaside homes and business also suffered damages as the sea washed into the area. The sea was equally rough about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south in the seaside resort town of Santo Domingo. Waves were seen crashing over seawalls and onto roadways. A nearby port was reported closed to all vessels. Further south, about 680 kilometers (420 miles) south of Santiago in Tolten, more than a dozen people were evacuated from seaside homes. At least one injury was reported in the northern city of Antofagasta when a person was knocked over by a wave. The local weather service has issued a warning saying the large swells could last through Sunday (July 7).

Massive ocean swells pound Chile's coastline

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 - 00:47

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