Tsunami warning for NZ after strong earthquake shakes Chile

A tsunami alert has been issued for the coast of South America following an 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile.

The powerful quake, initially measured at 7.9 magnitude, rocked Chile's capital city, according to the US Geological Survey.

Tsunami alarms rang out in the port of Valparaiso and authorities have issued a tsunami warning for the entire coast of the country.

The Chilean government has ordered the evacuation of some coastal areas, CNN reports.

The Ministry of Civil Defence has issued a tsunami warning for East Cape, Chatham Islands, Coromandel, and Banks Peninsula

Expected arrival times are 12 hours for Chatham Islands and 13 hours for the East Coast of New Zealand. 

Strong tidal currents are likely to continue for 24 hours with a peak of four to 10 hours after the first arrival. 

People in those areas are advised to stay out of the water, stay off beaches and shore areas and listen to the radio and/or TV for updates.

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