SANTIAGO - A partial evacuation of Easter Island has been ordered in Chile in the face of possible big tidal waves generated by a 8.8 magnitude earthquake, President Michelle Bachelet said Saturday.
"High tidal waves could reach Easter Island," Bachelet said. "Because of that we are evacuating people living in low-lying areas."
About 4,000 people live on Easter Island, which was not directly affected by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit central Chile early Saturday.
But the quake has generated a tsunami that could hit the island, which is part of Chile.
"Sea level readings confirm that a tsunami has been generated which could cause widespread damage," the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
Authorities should take "appropriate action," it warned.