A 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck the northern coast of Chile Tuesday night, triggering landslides, fires, a small tsunami, destruction of homes and power outages. Reports say six people have been killed, either from being crushed by debris or from suffering heart attacks. The scene was chaos as over 900,000 people were evacuated, hundreds of prisoners escaped, and aftershocks rocked the country. With power and road access cut off in many areas, people are waiting in the dark atop hills for help, CNN reports. 

Tuesday’s enormous earthquake and its alarming repercussions may be part of a larger phenomenon less natural than we might think: climate change. 

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