8.2 Earthquake Rocks Chilean Coast

An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.2 struck the coast of Chile Tuesday with reports form the U.S. Geological Survey indicating that it was centered 62 miles north of Iquique at a depth of 6.2 miles. The quake subsequently generated a tsunami with six-foot waves, and tsunami warnings were in effect for not only Chile, but also Peru and Ecuador. So far, six people have reportedly died, tens of thousands evacuated, and roughly 300 prisoners escaped from the port city of Iquique. The earthquake also triggered some small landslides and affected power in some areas.