A major earthquake just struck off the coast of Chile, causing buildings in the country's capital of Santiago to sway and some areas to be flooded.
Authorities have put the nation under tsunami alert, saying the 8.3-magnitude tremor has already brought forth waves of up to 4.5 meters—or 15 feet—high along the port city of Coquimbo.
Other areas and countries such as Peru, Hawaii, and California and even those really distant, like New Zealand and even our country have already been issued tsunami warnings.
The Chilean government said that a million people across the country have already been evacuated, with electricity knocked out in some parts.
As of this writing, at least five people have been reported dead, due to falling debris and heart attacks.
The world got a glimpse of the devastation through social media:
Algunas fotos que me llegan de Los Vilos. Del borde costero pic.twitter.com/ASEYZYrhjY
Algunas fotos que me llegan de Los Vilos. Del borde costero pic.twitter.com/ASEYZYrhjY— Juan Miranda (@JuanMirandaB) September 17, 2015
It was an ill-fated déjà vu for Chileans, whose homeland was also struck by an 8.8-magnitude earthquake in 2010, which left more than 500 people killed.
Chile is said to be vulnerable to these killer tremors, lying in the seismically active boundary between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates.
Here's to hoping the number of casualties wouldn't rise by the hour.
Pray for Chile! Oremos por Chile! pic.twitter.com/ZnhvTvFsJC— Sandra T de Moreno (@SandraTdeMoreno) September 17, 2015