This was one of the biggest earthquakes to hit the western coast of South America in many years. And the first images from Chile showed buildings shaking and some people running into the open as the 8.3 magnitude quake struck. There were scenes of panic in coastal cities with residents making their way to higher ground as tsunami warnings were issued. The epicenter was recorded offshore, some five miles below the surface, but the tremor was also reportedly felt on the other side of the continent- in Argentina and Brazil. A mid-early reported at least? three people had been killed. Chile's president Michelle Bachelet called an emergency meeting and promised to visit the affected areas. The president was widely criticized for failing to respond properly to a previous earthquake five years ago, which killed five hundred people in a country where tremors are very common. Because of its too logical history?, Chile is increasingly prepared to deal with earthquakes and their aftermath. All new buildings have to be designed to withstand the strongest quakes and their early warning alarm systems up and down its three thousand mile long coast.
...... Davis, BBC news
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