Chile hit by M7.8 aftershock WednesdayUpdated: 2014-04-03 16:51:55 (KST)
A POWERFUL magnitude 7.8 aftershock shook the coast of Chile Wednesday evening,.. one day after an 8.2 magnitude quake in the same area killed 6 and damaged thousands of homes.
The aftershock was centered about 40 kilometers southwest of the mining port city Iquique, 10 kilometers beneath the ocean floor.
A tsunami warning was initially issued for Chile and Peru, but has since been lifted.
This was the strongest of some 140 aftershocks that followed Tuesday's quake, but so far there have been no reports of any significant damage.
Experts credit the preparedness of the Chilean government and its people for the low death toll.
Chile isn't the only nation feeling the effects.
Panama recorded a magnitude-5.8 quake near the Costa Rican border Wednesday.
Although no damage was reported, some schools and hospitals were evacuated as a precaution.
And as far as Japan, small tsunami waves washed up on the northern part of the island nation Thursday morning, the remnants from the magnitude-8.2 earthquake in Chile a day earlier.
And as for the damage in Chile, it's still too early to determine how high the total will go, but early estimates are at around 30 billion U.S. dollars.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
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