South Florida's Chilean Community Reacts to Earthquake

The Chilean community in South Florida is reacting to Tuesday night's massive earthquake that killed six and forced more than 900,000 to be evacuated

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    The Chilean community in South Florida is reacting to Tuesday night's massive earthquake that killed six and forced more than 900,000 to be evacuated. Veronica Arancibia was at work Wednesday at Pamela' Chilean Restaurant in Westchester, but work wasn't the top thing on her mind. With family in Chile and the news of the earthquake, any update was closely watched.

    The Chilean community in South Florida is reacting to Tuesday night's massive earthquake that killed six and forced more than 900,000 to be evacuated.

    Veronica Arancibia was at work Wednesday at Pamela' Chilean Restaurant in Westchester, but work wasn't the top thing on her mind. With family in Chile and the news of the earthquake, any update was closely watched.

    "They make the alert for a tsunami and all the people make the evacuation to the high zone, the mountains," Arancibia said.

    The magnitude-8.2 quake hit about 900 miles north of the capital city of Santiago during the night, causing many fires. The hundred of thousands of people who were evacuated were later allowed to return to their homes.

    Nearby countries also felt the aftershocks, including Peru, almost 300 miles away. Authorities were on high alert as far as Hawaii, fearing possible tsunamis.

    "They have alarmed, maybe it's coming, something wrong, Arancibia said. "They're waiting [for] more of a big one."

    Experts say the seismic fault that gave way on Tuesday had been overdue for a big earthquake. Back in South Florida, Arancibia was asked if she was worried.

    "Yes, yes, of course,  yes, yes," she said.