Cars drive away from Chile coast
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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

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