Chile quake evacuation under way
2 April 2014 Last updated at 02:12 BST
A tsunami warning has been issued for Chile and Peru's Pacific coast after an earthquake of 8.2 magnitude struck off Chile's coast near Iquique.
The US Geological Survey said a quake of this force had the power to generate a "destructive tsunami" for coastlines.
The Chilean authorities have used TV to order the evacuation of coastal areas, urging citizens to escape speedily.
The BBC's Leonardo Rocha spoke to Mike Embley