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Latin America Closes Oil Facilities, Ports on Tsunami Alert

Latin American governments from Mexico to Chile closed Pacific coast ports, oil pipelines, roads and schools on tsunami alerts after Japan was hit by its strongest earthquake on record.

Chile will close its northern ports of Iquique and Antofagasta tonight, while Mexico shut three ports and Ecuador’s state oil company PetroEcuador suspended crude oil shipments from its Esmeraldas refinery after the 8.9-magnitude quake triggered a warning from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Peru, the world’s largest fishmeal producer, suspended fishing in the southern port of Pisco and closed a coastal road in its capital.