7.7 Quake Hits Chile; Tsunami Warning Canceled

(KHNL) -- The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center canceled a Tsunami Advisory for the state of Hawaii after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit Northern Chile Wednesday morning. The center says there is no longer a threat to Hawaii.

Some buildings are damaged, and power lines are down, in northern Chile. Authorities there report at least two deaths and more than 100 people injured.

The quake was strong enough to send terrified people fleeing into the streets hundreds of miles from the epicenter. It was felt strongly in the Chilean capital of Santiago, nearly 800 miles to the south, and in neighboring Peru and Bolivia.

The U.S. Geological Survey calculated the magnitude at 7.7, making it a major quake. It was followed by several aftershocks, including two that were larger than magnitude 5.