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Chile regrets panic after mistaken tsunami warning following quake

Chilean authorities regret spreading panic with a false tsunami warning calling for people to evacuate coastal areas following an earthquake in Antarctica

1/24/2021 7:31:00 AM

Chile an authorities regret spreading panic with a false tsunami warning calling for people to evacuate coastal areas following an earthquake in Antarctica

People in coastal cities including La Serena, to the north of Santiago, and Valparaiso, started evacuating areas close to the coast after the warning until reports started appearing that it was a false alarm .

"We want to provide peace of mind to the population, tell them that it is not necessary to evacuate the entire national territory, only the Antarctic base," Miguel Ortiz of the ministry's National Emergency Office (ONEMI) told a news conference.

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He said the agency regretted the inconvenience caused by its messages, which he blamed on a technical error.A cell phone is seen with a tsunami warning message sent by mistake by the national emergency office, ONEMI, that reads:"State of caution. ONEMI establishes to abandon the beach area. Keep distance due to Covid-19", after a quake at the Chilean Antarctic territory, in Vina del Mar, Chile January 23, 2021. (Reuters)

READ MORE: Dozens of homes damaged by wildfire in hills over Chile cityThe tsunami warning for Antarctica was later lifted.People in coastal cities including La Serena, to the north of Santiago, and Valparaiso, started to leave areas close to the coast after the warning until reports started appearing that it was a false alarm. headtopics.com

But as Chileans were reacting to the warning, a second tremor, of magnitude 5.6, struck the Chile-Argentina border region, at 9.07 pm, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences said, at a depth of 133 km and 30km east of Santiago.No damage was reported from either quake.

The second one was close to Codelco's Andina and Teniente copper mines and Anglo American PLC's Los Bronces.The Chilean mining regulator Sernageominsaid thatworkers, mining operations and facilities had reported no problems after the quake.Sernageomin said that following the first quake, 80 people were evacuated from Chile's main base in the Antarctic, the Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva Base on Fildes Peninsula west of King George Island, and 55 more from three other bases, along with five foreign bases.

The army said no damage was reported at the Antarctic base. Read more: TRT World »

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