Agence France-PresseApril 2, 2014 05:50
A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit Chile's Pacific coast Tuesday, killing at least five people as tsunami waves of more than two meters lashed the shore.
Panicked residents poured into the streets after the authorities ordered them to flee to higher ground, while President Michelle Bachelet declared parts of northern Chile hit by the offshore quake to be disaster zones.
"The street lights were busted, people ran terrified. After the earthquake there were several aftershocks," Veronica Castillo told AFP from Arica, 1,000 miles north of the Chilean capital Santiago.