A very strong earthquake measuring 8.2 magnitude at a depth of 20 km has occurred in off the coast of Chile. The epicentre of the earthquake was located at the coordinates 19.642°S 70.817°W 95kms Northwest of Iquique, Chile
• 95km (59mi) NW of Iquique, Chile
• 139km (86mi) SSW of Arica, Chile
• 190km (118mi) SSW of Tacna, Peru
• 228km (142mi) SSE of Ilo, Peru
• 447km (278mi) SW of La Paz, Bolivia
This initial earthquake has been followed by a series of aftershocks including one measuring 6.2 magnitude, further aftershocks are anticipated.
The USGS notification can be accessed via this link http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000nzvd
A tsunami warning was issued initially for the entire Pacific Coast of Latin America but this but has now been downgraded to just Chile and Peru. Small Tsunami waves have been detected.
The initial reports indicate that landslides have blocked roads and some buildings have been damaged, and there are reports of power failures. The media are reporting that 5 people have died and several people are reported to have serious injuries.
For updated information regarding travel warnings in the area go to the US State Department website.
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Six people have been killed and several others injured in what are believed to be grenade explosions in the Eastleigh suburb of the city of Nairobi in Kenya.
Media reports suggest that the devices appeared to have been thrown towards a bus stop and a food kiosk as people made their way home for the evening.
It is believed that the two incidents went off some 50 metres apart on 11th Street, and some of those be caught up in the attack had serious injuries. The Kenyan police suspect it was a grenade incident.
The FCO has not updated the travel advice to reflect this incident, but the current FCO travel advice for Kenya advises against all but essential travel to areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border; to Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island; to Garissa District; to the Eastleigh area of Nairobi; and to low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas.
For updated information regarding travel warnings in the area go to the Kenya travel warning on the US State Department website.
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