fire burns at a restaurant after an earthquake in Iquique, Chile, Tuesday. Pic: AP.

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s interior minister says the death toll has risen to five from a powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake that struck off northern Chile Tuesday. The quake forced evacuations along the country’s entire Pacific coast for fear of tsunamis.

Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo attributed the five deaths to heart attacks or being crushed.

Thousands have lost power, and hundreds of thousands of Chileans are spending the night away from their beds due to the evacuation order, which remains in effect for northern Chile.

 

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