Chile Earthquake: Deadly Magnitude-8.2 Temblor Rocks Coast

massive earthquake struck off the coast of Chile late Tuesday killing at least six people, triggering a six-foot tsunami and sending 900,000 fleeing to "safe zones."

The magnitude-8.2 temblor struck roughly 62 miles northwest of the port city of Iquique and was shallow at 12.5 miles below the seabed, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A tsunami advisory was issued for Hawaii. Officials warned that "dangerous ocean currents" and "weird tides" were likely until around 8 a.m. local time on Wednesday (2 p.m. ET). "Thankfully there is no destructive tsunami," Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell told NBC station KHNL.

The tremors triggered landslides that blocked roads, knocked out power for thousands, damaged an airport and caused fires that destroyed several businesses.

Most of the victims were killed by falling debris or heart attacks, Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said.

President Michelle Bachelet declared a state of emergency in the region and said the extent of damage couldn't be fully assessed before daybreak.

Psychiatrist Ricardo Yevenes said he was with a patient when the magnitude-8.2 quake hit. "It quickly began to move the entire office, things were falling," he told local television. "Almost the whole city is in darkness."

Photos showed Chileans calmly evacuating coastal areas on foot, with police officers helping bundled-up elderly people and some residents loading up vehicles with their belongings.

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