Partial evacuation of Chile's Easter Island ordered


Agence France-Presse | 02/27/2010 9:53 PM

SANTIAGO - A partial evacuation of Easter Island has been ordered in Chile in the face of possible big tidal waves generated by a 8.8 magnitude earthquake, President Michelle Bachelet said Saturday.

"High tidal waves could reach Easter Island," Bachelet said. "Because of that we are evacuating people living in low-lying areas."

About 4,000 people live on Easter Island, which was not directly affected by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit central Chile early Saturday.

But the quake has generated a tsunami that could hit the island, which is part of Chile.

"Sea level readings confirm that a tsunami has been generated which could cause widespread damage," the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Authorities should take "appropriate action," it warned.
 

as of 02/27/2010 9:54 PM



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