A major quake of 8.2 magnitude struck off the coast of northern Chile at 20:46 local time (23:46 GMT) on April 2, 2014.
The quake has killed at least five people thus far, aside from triggering tsunami alert and small landslides.
The aftershocks and minor earthquakes continue to haunt the entire country.
According to recent reports, more than 10 aftershocks and quakes have hit coastal areas, such as Tarapaca, Parinacota, Arica, and Antofagasta, since the initial 8.2 magnitude earthquake.
Consequently, the quake affected about 52 miles North West of the mining area of Chilean city Iquique, which further created waves of up to 2.1 m. Tsunami waves caused immense devastation on the coast of Pisagua.
Considering the fact that Chilean residents have not yet forgotten the memories of 2010 earthquake, they were fearful this time and did their level best to avoid possible aftermaths of the emergency.
Chilean National Emergency Office asked residents of the coastal areas to evacuate the region. As residents complied, the port city of Antofagasta saw severe traffic jams across the city.
The national emergency now allows members of the armed forces to patrol the earthquake-affected areas, provide emergency assistance, and assist local authorities in law enforcement.
As a part of the aftermaths of quake, about 300 prisoners fled from Iquique prison. Moreover, according to recent reports, communication was severely cut off in several affected areas.
As we all know, Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries because of the presence of the Nazca tectonic plates that lie beneath the South American plate.