Chile's Powerful Quake Sets Off Tsunami In Pacific
GUY RAZ, host:
And now, a final update on the disaster in Chile.
An 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck off that country's coast early this morning. The epicenter was near the city of Concepcion, about 200 miles southwest of the country's capital, Santiago. More than 200 people were killed and the numbers continue to rise.
The earthquake is the strongest to hit Chile in 50 years. It also set off a tsunami that traveled across the Pacific at the speed of a jetliner. Countries all along the Pacific Rim, from Tonga to the United States to Japan, were put on alert.
Stay tuned to NPR for the latest updates. My colleague Liane Hansen will have full coverage tomorrow on WEEKEND EDITION. And until then, you can follow our continuing coverage of the Chile earthquake online at npr.org.
For Saturday, that's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz. Thanks for listening and have a great night.
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