Transcript for Deadly Earthquake Strikes Off Chile's Coast
America's number one. Good Wednesday morning it is the sleepless night for many is aftershocks continue to -- she. A powerful earthquake there last night triggered a small tsunami forcing people into the. Streets and causing widespread panic the eight point two magnitude quake struck off that country's northern coastline authorities posted tsunami warnings for several south American countries. But have since canceled them. And right -- the death toll stands at five. Thank -- people die from heart attacks others were crushed to death us people fled buildings more than two dozen. Strong aftershocks followed the initial quake. The quake forced evacuations along Chile's entire Pacific coast but people were urged to stay out of their cars and head for higher ground on foot to keep the roads clear. -- -- -- -- -- Punches super eight both are on the small -- Most of the damage has been limited to houses made of Adobe and while some injuries have been serious most have been minor. Some 300 inmates escaped from a women's prison in one city and Chile's military dispatched special forces to guard against looting. The shockwaves were felt hundreds of miles away shaking buildings as far away as Bolivia and Peru. You could fuel the wall -- as well as the floor. Oh and there's there's ten to enter her granddad back in the garbage in you could really -- and the back and work. The earthquake even triggered microscopic seismic measurements in New York's Central Park there have already been -- more than two dozen aftershocks some measuring as much as five point one. Central Chile was hit four years ago by a destructive eight point eight quake which killed hundreds. In just the past two weeks hundreds of earthquakes have been shaking -- far northern coast and that country may not be out of the woods just yet. We expect about another eight point 88 point nine earthquake -- sometime in the future. Could be tomorrow could be in fifty years. Now officials here are not expecting any tsunami to hit the US West Coast or Alaska. However -- tsunami advisory has been issued for Hawaii but it's largely -- precaution no flooding is expected there. Initial waves are expected to hit there this morning just before 9:30 eastern time that's the middle of the night in Hawaii. -- want to stay with ABC news for the very latest on the earthquake in Chile a live report is coming up on Good Morning America.
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