Indonesia safe from tsunamis after 8.3-magnitude Chile quake

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Indonesia has been declared safe from potential tsunamis following Chile's 8.3-magnitude quake on Wednesday, said the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) on Friday.

According to a report by tempo.co, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had previously stated that the quake could potentially cause tsunamis across adjacent oceans, included in Chile, French Polynesia, Mexico, Equador, Antarctica and Japan.

Wednesday's quake struck just off the coast of Chile in the Pacific Ocean at 7:54 p.m., its epicenter about 228 kilometers north-northwest of Santiago and 12 km below the surface of the ocean.

The Chilean government has evacuated coastal areas, sending more than 1 million from their homes.

In 2010, a magnitude-8.8 quake and ensuing tsunami in south-central Chile killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts. That quake released so much energy, it shortened the Earth's day by a fraction of a second by disrupting the planet's rotation, according to a report by The Associated Press.

Chile is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries because just off its coast, the Nazca tectonic plate plunges beneath the South American plate, pushing the towering Andes cordillera to ever-higher altitudes.

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