8.2-magnitude earthquake in Chile claims 6 lives

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Santiago, Chile. UNISDR@PHOTO

Six people have lost their lives in Chile following an 8.2 –magnitude earthquake that struck off its northern coast.

That's according to Mr. Ricardo Mena, the head of the Latin American and Caribbean Office of UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Chilean government, which declared a State of Emergency in the north of the country, evacuated some 900,000 people along the coastline to safe zones.

Mr. Mena says in the last 4 years, his office has worked closely with the authorities to strengthen their capacity to respond to disasters.

"I think that Chile has responded quite well to yesterday's earthquake, although the high magnitude of the event on 2 April, the damages are relatively modest. Fortunately there have not been many important damages in infrastructure. We have to regret of course the loss of 6 human beings."

A tsunami warning issued for Chile, Peru and Ecuador has been lifted.

In 2010, Chile suffered an 8.8-magnitude earthquake that claimed 700 lives.

The UN lead humanitarian agency, OCHA, says it's monitoring the situation with the authorities but no request for international assistance has been made so far.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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