8.5 magnitude quake rocks western South America

8.5 magnitude quake rocks western S America

Sat, 27 Feb 2010 07:17:41 GMT

A massive magnitude-8.5 earthquake has struck western coastal areas of Chile, triggering tsunami warnings for the South American country and neighboring Peru and Ecuador.

The early morning giant tremor hit offshore Chile around 100 kilometers northwest of Concepcion, the capital of Concepcion Province, on Saturday.

Residents around the area have been quoted by local media as telling reporters of trembles in buildings and power cuts in parts of the Chilean capital of Santiago.

A tsunami watch has also been issued for Ecuador and Peru, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported.