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September 2015 Illapel, Chile Images
browse graphic On September 16th, 2015, an earthquake registering 8.4 on the Richter scale shook Chile between the Atacama and La Araucania regions. The National Emergency Office (ONEMI, per its Spanish acronym) issued a tsunami warning for the entire Chilean coastal area, evacuating over 600,000 people. ONEMI reports that approximately 681,484 people were affected as a result of the earthquake, and has declared the Coquimbo region as a disaster area.