No tsunami alert was issued following the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that shook central Chile on Sunday (March 25). But state authorities reissued an evacuation order late Sunday for preventive measures.
The U.S. Geological Survey notes the quake struck 27 kilometers north-northwest of the city of Talca, south of Santiago, and one of the cities badly hit by the 8.8-magnitude quake in 2010. That quake generated a tsunami that killed 500 people and caused the country close to $8 billion in insured and economic losses.
Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter said there could be close to 10 people “lightly injured” from the quake. This includes two people who sustained injuries following the collapse of a church’s ceiling in the capital, Santiago, and a person caught in a traffic accident in Biobio region, CNN reports. A 74-year-old woman who died from a heart attack was the only fatality reported, according to Reuters.
Businesses operating near the epicenter resumed operations after the quake.
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