Six Dead as Magnitude 8.2 Earthquake Hits Northern Chile
Tsunami warnings have been lifted for Chile's coastline; hours after a strong 8.2-magnitude earthquake killed at least six people in Chile and set off a small tsunami that prompted evacuations along the country's Pacific coast.
The earthquake late Tuesday was centered about 100 kilometers off Chile's northwestern coast. It caused landslides that blocked highways and widespread power outages.
President Michelle Bachelet has declared a state of emergency in the region. In a late-night address, she urged citizens to stay calm.
"Appropriate measures have been taken to protect their lives and their belongings. And the government will continue to work all the time that is necessary to confront this emergency and protect our citizens."
Waves measuring about two meters hit the Chilean coast in the hours following the quake. No damage from the waves has been reported.
At least six people were reported dead after being crushed by collapsing walls or experiencing heart attacks.
Sri Lanka Bans 16 Tamil Groups in Exile
Sri Lanka has banned 16 Tamil groups in exile, including the Tamil Tigers, for alleged terrorism.
The Colombo government has frozen the assets of the organizations and barred citizens from supporting them or having any contact with them.
Sri Lankan says it is acting under a United Nations Security Council resolution that steps up the fight against terrorism by, among other actions, trying to cut off funding for terror groups.
Tamil Tiger rebels fought a 30 year-long civil war for an independent Tamil state on Sri Lanka.
The United Nations last week approved an international investigation into alleged atrocities and war crimes by Sri Lankan forces during the last years of the war.
The Sri Lankan government has denounced the investigation as politically motivated and one-sided.