8 dead after quake rattles Chile, tsunami warning lifted

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Million people were evacuated from their homes after the magnitude 8.3 quake struck

Million people were evacuated from their homes after the magnitude 8.3 quake struck (Photo: AP)

Santiago: Chile lifted the tsunami warning early on Thursday it had put in place after Wednesday's major earthquake, the government said.

"The tsunami warning is lifted for all national territory," the government's National Emergency Office said in a tweet.

Read: 5 dead after 8.3 magnitude earthquake hits Chile, tsunami alert sounded

More than a million people were evacuated from their homes after the magnitude 8.3 quake struck in the Pacific Ocean off Chile, slamming powerful waves into coastal towns and killing at least eight people.

Chile, which runs along a highly seismic and volcanic zone where tectonic plates meet, is no stranger to earthquakes.

In 2014, an 8.2-magnitude quake struck near the northern city of Iquique, and four years earlier an 8.8-magnitude earthquake in central-southern Chile triggered a massive tsunami, and more than 500 people were killed. 

Read: Tsunami waves possible across most of South Pacific: Pacific Tsunami Center

The strongest earthquake ever recorded on Earth in Chile, a magnitude 9.5 temor in 1960 that killed more than 5,000 people. 

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