April 1 - A magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile, triggering a tsunami that hit the northern part of the country, but the government reported no deaths or serious damage. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of Chile on Tuesday, triggering a tsunami that hit the northern part of the country, but the government reported no deaths or serious damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was shallow at 12.5 miles (20.1 km) below the seabed and struck about 100 km northwest of the mining port of Iquique near the Peruvian border.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake generated a large tsunami with the biggest wave reported at 2.3 meters. The Chilean Navy said the first big wave hit the coast within 45 minutes.
Residents left their homes and took to the street, while emergency service vehicles drove by. Some residents sat out on a hill overlooking the water after the tsunami warning.
The government said it had no reports of significant damage to coastal areas, but around 300 prisoners took advantage of the confusion and escaped from a jail in Iquique, Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said.