Powerful earthquake hits Southern Chile forces thousands to evacuate; Tsunami alert lifted  
 Source : Agencies  Date : 26-Dec-2016

Santiago, December 26: A powerful earthquake of 7.6 magnitude hits Southern Chile on Sunday morning. Looking forward to the consequences Chile’s National Office for Emergency issued an alert and ordered the evacuation of residents on and around Chiloe Island. Officials lifted a tsunami warning after the quake.
According to reports from the United States Geological Survey a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck at 11:22 a.m. local time Christmas morning 800 miles south of Santiago. Importantly, there were no casualties reported but the earthquake forced the evacuation of at least 4,000 people. But still the earthquake was so powerful that the roads and bridges of nearby areas are damaged.

Chile's National Emergency Office (ONEMI) said one bridge in the area was impassable and some roads were closed as crews worked to restore electricity to some 21,000 homes left without power.

Following the incident, Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet tweeted a message of support for the people affected, “Much strength and encouragement to the compatriots affected by the tremor in Chile and other areas in the south. Emergency procedures are already in place,” Bachelet said. The president also reported that no deaths have been identified as a result of the quake.

Notably, Chile is located on the "Pacific Ring of Fire," and it has a long history of deadly quakes, including 8.8 magnitude quake in 2010 off the south-central coast, which also triggered a tsunami that devastated coastal towns.