A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake has struck Chile, killing at least 147 people, collapsing buildings and triggering a tsunami warning for nations bordering the Pacific Ocean.
The quake hit early Saturday (around 0630 UTC), about 100 kilometers from the central city of Concepcion, the second-largest metropolitan area in the South American nation.
President Michelle Bachelet declared a "state of catastrophe" in central Chile. She said more than 85 deaths have been confirmed in the southern Maule region alone.
President-elect Sebastian Pinera said the quake caused serious damage to the country's infrastructure.
Several strong aftershocks have followed the initial quake, including one with a 6.9 magnitude. The initial earthquake destroyed roads, buildings and bridges, and left streets buried in rubble. Buildings caught fire and several hospitals collapsed. In the capital, Santiago, the international airport also suffered damage and was forced to close.