At least five people were killed and 10 damage in Chile, one man went lost and while a million were evacuated.
Thousands of panicked residents rushed out onto the roads in the capital Santiago. Where buildings also rocked the quake was felt as far away as Argentina.
The Chilean authorities set the primary quake at 8.0 on the Richter scale.
Interior Minister Jorge Burgos stated the evacuation of cities and coastal towns was ordered as a precautionary measure.
Both dead were a girl in Illapel, close to the epicentre, and an 86-year old guy in Santiago, as thousands fled rocking buildings where there were scenes of pandemonium.
“We fled our building and everything began to go really powerful,” resident Pablo Cifuentes told local Cooperativa radio.
In coastal La Serena, in the north of Chile, “folks were running in most ways,” said resident Gloria Navarro.
While El Salvador, in Central America, was also looking for damaging waves the same anxiety seized residents in Argentina.
“We went right into a panic as well as the flooring kept going.
So far as Japan
The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that “dangerous” tsunami waves were potential for many parts of Chile’s coastline, including above three meters the tide amount. Tsunami waves were additionally potential along French Polynesia, California and Hawaii, officials said, along with smaller waves.
The precautionary alarm for Peru was afterwards called off, civil defence officials said, but frightened residents near the boundary with Chile, in the town of Ilo, stayed outside to the roads and on higher ground yet.
In April a year ago, a fatal 8.2-magnitude quake in northern Chile killed six people and driven a million to leave their houses in the area around Iquique.
And a February 27, 2010 quake that hit just off the coast of Chile’s Maule area quantified 8.8 in magnitude, making it one of the greatest ever recorded.
It inflicted an estimated $30 billion in damages and killed more than 500 individuals.