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Santiago: Chile got juddered as a 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck off its coast on Wednesday evening. The earthquake rocked buildings in the capital and unleashed a sense of pandemonium among the people who were found running on the streets. A tsunami alert was also issued, authorities said.

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The epicenter was out at sea, 246 km from Santiago, Xinhua reported, citing the United States Geological Service.

Early reports indicate the earthquake occurred shortly at 7.55 p.m. local time at a depth of 10 km. A tsunami alert was immediately issued by the Chilean interior ministry and by the US’ Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Chile and Peru are on high alert, although the alert was spread across a wide area reaching as far as Hawaii.

The magnitude of the earthquake was first reported at 7.2 by the University of Chile’s Seismological Service and later revised up to 7.7. The USGS first reported the magnitude of the quake at 7.9 and revised it up to 8.3.

There have been no reports of damage or injuries in the minutes following the earthquake but Chile has dispatched its Minister of the Interior Jorge Burgos to the zone to investigate.

Weather channels urged people located along the coast to move inland in preparation for the tsunami. Initial estimates from them said that a possible tsunami would make landfall at around 9.37 p.m local time.

The earthquake was felt particularly strongly in the towns of Valparaiso and Coquimbo and lasted for approximately one minute, according to eyewitness statements in local press.

Santiago Airport was immediately evacuated. Videos posted on social media networks show the earthquake was felt as far as the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires, about 1,368 km to the east of Chile.

(IANS)

 

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Mass Resignations of Catholic Bishops in Chile Over Sex Scandal

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said he had no comment on whether Pope Francis would accept the mass resignation.

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In an unprecedented move in the modern history of the Catholic church every bishop in Chile has offered his resignation to Pope Francis, in a case involving sex abuse scandal, media reported.
Catholic bishops in Chile resign over the issue of sex scandal. Pixabay

In an unprecedented move in the modern history of the Catholic church every bishop in Chile has offered his resignation to Pope Francis, in a case involving sex abuse scandal, media reported.

Thirty one active bishops and three retired bishops on Friday announced their resignation after a three-day emergency summit at the Vatican to discuss Chile’s sex abuse scandal.

The simultaneous resignation of all the bishops in a single country is thought to be unprecedented, CNN reported.

The resignations came as the bishops said they placed the issue “in the hands of the Holy Father so that he might freely decide for each one of us”.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said he had no comment on whether Pope Francis would accept the mass resignation.

In response to the resignation of the country’s bishops on Friday, Marie Collins, a former member of the Pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors, said that the gesture was not enough.

“No bishop removed — all allowed to resign. Really nothing changes,” Collins wrote on Twitter.

In an unprecedented move in the modern history of the Catholic church every bishop in Chile has offered his resignation to Pope Francis, in a case involving sex abuse scandal, media reported.
Pope Francis has not commented on the issue yet. Pixabay

Pope Francis called the country’s bishops to Rome after he received a 2,300-page report detailing sexual abuses by priests in Chile.

At the centre of the scandal is the Bishop of Osorno, Juan Barros, whom Francis appointed in 2015 amid an outcry that Barros had known about and covered up abuses.

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The Pope stridently defended Bishop Barros, calling accusations against him “calumny”.

In an about-face in April, after receiving the Vatican investigator’s report, the Pope said he had made “grave errors in judgment”, and apologised to Chile’s sex abuse victims.

In May, the Pope met privately at the Vatican with three of Barros’ main accusers and asked their forgiveness. (IANS)

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