Drone footage shows extent of Chile earthquake and Tsunami destruction

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Drone footage of earthquake and wave-related damage along coastal areas following an 8.3 earthquake on Thursday (September 17).

At least 10 people have been killed and 1 million evacuated from their homes .

Coastlines on both sides of the Pacific had braced for possible tsunamis after the quake, although a tsunami alert originally issued for the entire Chilean coast was later lifted.

Chile’s ministry of the interior and public security said 20 people have been injured, but phone networks remain down in parts of the country so the full extent of damage and injury is not yet known.

A tsunami hit the coastal Chilean city of Tongoy at about 8.20pm local time, a little more than 25 minutes after the earthquake.

The images were taken by a drone used by the network over the coastal town of Los Vilos. Residents tried to salvage belongings from dozens of beachfront homes that were destroyed or severely damaged when the strong waves swept in.

The quake also sparked fears tsunamis could surge across the Pacific Ocean, with countries as far away Japan, New Zealand, Russia and the US states of California and Hawaii issuing warnings.

A watch was issued for the California coast: “A tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water is expected. The first wave may not be the largest.”

A tsunami advisory for Hawaii said a “major tsunami” was not expected but it warned of sea level changes and strong currents.

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