Major quake jolts Chile tourist region on Christmas Day

Agencies/ | 2016-12-26 09:49

Major quake jolts Chile tourist region on Christmas Day

People evacuate to local schools in Calbuco, 56 km from the city of Puerto Montt on the Pacific coast of southern Chile, due to a tsunami alert after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake on Dec 25, 2016. [Photo/VCG]

Chile is the world's leading copper producer, but there are no major mines located near the zone affected by the earthquake.

Chile's state-run oil company ENAP said its Bio Bio refinery in southern Chile was operating normally. The Puerto Montt airport was operating normally, a spokesman said.

Latam Airlines Group SA and Sky Airlines said their southern Chile routes were operating without major delays.

Chile, located on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire," has a long history of deadly quakes, including a 8.8 magnitude quake in 2010 off the south-central coast, which also triggered a tsunami that devastated coastal towns.

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