The Chilean authorities deplore the panic caused by the unjustified tsunami warning.
On Saturday, a message was sent to the phones of the country’s residents warning of a possible tsunami, urging people to move away from the vicinity of the coast.
Since then, the country’s interior ministry reported that the warning was completely unfounded to most people and was sent due to a technical failure.
According to the news agency Reuters, among others.
- We want to offer residents peace of mind and tell them that the evacuation of the whole country is not appropriate, only the Antarctic base, said Ministry spokesman Miguel Ortiz at a press conference, according to Reuters.
The tsunami warning was intended to cover only part of the Antarctic coast.
The area includes the Eduardo Frei base in Chile.
Now, during the summer season in the southern hemisphere, the area is home to a maximum of about 150 people.
During the winter season, the population is about 80. The base is located on King George's Island.
According to Reuters, the warning about Antarctica has since been lifted.
The warning was due to a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Saturday night that occurred at a depth of about ten kilometers, Chilean authorities say.
In Chile, an earthquake occurred late Saturday also near the capital Santiago in the central part of the country.
The magnitude of the quake was 5.9.
It has not been reported to have caused havoc.
Chile is one of the most seismically active countries in the world.