An earthquake off the coast of Chile with a magnitude of 8.5 on the Richter scale has caused some panic. The US Pacific Tsunami warning center issues a tsunami warning for Chile and Peru. People also have to watch out in Ecuador. It is not certain whether a tsunami has really occurred.
An earthquake of this caliber has the potential to create a destructive tsunami. The tsunami can reach the coastlines within a few hours. The American warning center emphasizes that local authorities must take immediate action.
The epicenter of the earthquake was 91 kilometers northeast of the Chilean city of Concepcion. So far, the earthquake has claimed six lives.
The powerful earthquake on December 26, 2004 had a force of 9.3 on the Richter scale and caused an extreme tsunami. A tsunami on July 17, 2006 was caused by a relatively mild earthquake of 7.2 on the Richter scale. The waves were over two meters high at the last tsunami and more than 600 people died.