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Tsunami Ravages Chile's Islands

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The earthquake that struck Chile on Saturday created a gigantic Tsunami that has crashed Chile's islands and coastal towns.

These are Chile's Juan Fernandez islands.

Located around 670 km off the coast of mainland Chile, the islands have been devastated by Saturday's magnitude 8.8 earthquake and the tsunami that followed.

Some reports indicate that the waves that battered the islands were as high as 40 meters, but this has not been officially confirmed.

The day after the quake, Chilean Air Force transport aircraft arrived to evacuate wounded and displaced locals.

Giant waves set off by the tremor also crashed into some Chilean coastal towns and villages near the epicentre, washing away houses and sending residents fleeing to the hills.

In Iloca, residents tried to salvage something from the wreckage in the aftermath of the tsunami.

Many people in Iloca are now homeless and forced to take refuge in the hills above the jumble of overturned boats and debris that was once their homes.

[Tsunami Survivor]:
"I don't even have a bed, only the clothes on my back, and my husband is the same. Out of desperation we went up the hill and we stayed there all night until the morning."

So far more than 700 people are known to have been killed in Chile by the strongest earthquake to hit the country in 50 years.