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Chile has declared two northern regions hit by a 8.2 magnitude earthquake to be disaster areas.
At least six people are known to have died and tens of thousands of people have been evacuated.
The quake struck at 20:46 local time (23:46 GMT) about 86km (52 miles) north-west of the mining area of Iquique, the US Geological Survey said.
Waves of up to 2.1m (6ft) have hit some areas and there have been power cuts, fires and landslides.
Tens of aftershocks have been reported throughout the night, including a 6.2 tremor.