Major earthquake in Chile rocks prime minister, wife
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen arrive in Chile for a bilateral visit on Monday, April 16, 2012.
Published Monday, April 16, 2012 11:09PM MDT
SANTIAGO, Chile - Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen were awakened by a major earthquake as they overnighted in Chile's capital of Santiago.
Buildings shook throughout the city at around 12:50 a.m. local time in what the United State Geological Study rated as a 6.5 earthquake centred 112 kilometres from the city.
Harper's director of communications, Andrew MacDougall, said the prime minister and his wife remained in their rooms and were fine.
Still, the event shook up the media and delegation travelling with Harper who were wrapping up a four-day trip to Colombia and South America.
Chile's National Emergency Office of the Interior and Public Security Ministry ordered the evacuation of certain regions as a precaution.