"Please just help us. Please pray for Arica."
"It was very strong, it was very long, everything moved. All we could do was pray with our daughter."
A magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile Tuesday evening local time, causing landslides and prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning that forced those in coastal areas to evacuate.
The U.S. Geographical Survey said the quake centered 98-kilometers northwest of the Chilean mining port of Iquique, 20 kilometers deep in the Pacific Ocean at 8:46 P.M. Tuesday.
The Chilean president has declared three northern regions hit by the quake as disaster areas.
Waves of up to 2.1 meters were reported earlier in some areas.
And power is still out for thousands of local residents in Chile, and some roads have been cut off due to landslides.
In the hours since the earthquake, multiple aftershocks have rattled the region, including at least one in the magnitude-6 range.
Asia may also feel the effects, Japan's Meteorological Agency warned that high waves triggered by the quake in Chile could reach Japan by early tomorrow morning.
Here in Korea, the agency expects that the eastern coastal regions will see the effects Thursday morning, and the southern and western coasts in the afternoon.
That said, the Japanese agency doesn't yet know how big the waves will be.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.