More than hundred people have been pronounced dead so far with Chilean President calling the tragedy as the catastrophe.
Telephone contacts have still not been established with the city of Concepcion, the main centre of the earthquake.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced Saturday a “state of catastrophe” in the central areas of her country following a massive earthquake of 8.8 magnitude on the Richter scale that hit the country.
President Bachelet appealed for her people to keep calm and contact the local authorities.
Bachelet said that “a tsunami” hit the archipelago of Juan Fernadiz in the pacific ocean and advised residents of the coasts to head for the high grounds in the event of aftershocks, warning citizens of the consequences of using the external roads as many of them were damaged due to the collapse of bridges.