SANTIAGO, Chile (CBS/AP) — A strong earthquake far off the coast of Chile has prompted authorities to warn of a possible tsunami risk for towns along the Pacific.
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The Chilean island is famous for the monumental statues known as Moai which were created by the Rapa Nui people. Located about 2,300 miles (3,700 kilometers) off the Chilean coast, it is home to nearly 6,000 people.
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Strong earthquakes with an epicenter off the coast can trigger tsunamis, depending on the size and type of the fault movement. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center tracks earthquake data for the West Coast.
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