Pictures taken in the aftermath of the earthquake off northern Chile show the panic and devastation wreaked by the fatal tremor.
Photos from the scene show people scurrying for safety and roads becoming clogged following the quake, which triggered a tsunami warning for the Pacific coastline and resulting in five deaths.
Reports said roads were blocked due to landslides following the quake, while airports were damaged and several buildings caught fire.
The quake was shallow, according to the US Geological Survey, occurring 12.5 miles under the sea, raising early fears about a tsunami.
The National Emergency Office of Chile asked people living on the expansive Pacific coastline to immediately evacuate their houses and take shelter on higher grounds.
Immediately after the earthquake, social media reactions started pouring in with the hashtag 'PrayForChile', trending. Many Chileans started sharing the aftermath pictures on Twitter, a selection of which are shown below:
— Joko Widhodho (@CallMeJoko) April 2, 2014
— maria jose baudrand (@mjbaudrand) April 2, 2014
Reuters has also released a series of images of the towns affected by the quake.
A fire is seen at Iquique city from the top floor of a building during a vertical evacuation after a tsunami alarm at Iquique city, north of Santiago on the southern Pacific coast, April 1, 2014.
Residents walk to higher ground after a Tsunami alarm at Talcahuano city, south of Santiago, on the southern Pacific coast.
An elderly person is evacuated from a shelter after a tsunami alarm at Antofagasta city, north of Santiago, on the southern Pacific coast.
Elderly people getting evacuated from a shelter after a tsunami alarm at Antofagasta city, north of Santiago, on the southern Pacific coast.