Powerful earthquake kills 6 in Chile

Santiago, Apr 2 (EFE).- A magnitude-8.2 earthquake hit northern Chile, killing six people, officials said Wednesday.

The temblor occurred on Tuesday night in Tarapaca region and its epicenter was located under the sea southwest of Iquique and about 1,850 kilometers (1,149 miles) from Santiago.

Officials have lifted the tsunami warning that was issued for six cities in the earthquake zone.

Initial reports said at least five people were crushed to death, fell to their deaths or suffered fatal heart attacks in the earthquake.

The sixth victim is a woman who died in a fall, Interior Minister Rodrigo PeƱailillo said.

About 900,000 people were evacuated from six cities along the coast once the tsunami alert was issued, PeƱailillo said.

The evacuation order was later extended to all cities and towns on Chile's long coast, and officials cancelled classes on Wednesday.

The Navy Hydrology and Oceanography Service, or SHOA, lifted the tsunami alert at 6:30 a.m. for the cities of Arica, Pisagua, Iquique, Patache, Tocopilla and Mejillones.

President Michelle Bachelet traveled on Wednesday to Iquique, one of the cities most affected by the earthquake, to get a firsthand look at the damage.