Santa Cruz vineyardChile’s Secretary of Tourism and Sernatur, its national tourism board, said on Thursday that 90% of the country’s tourism destinations are functioning normally.

An 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck the northern part of the country on April 1.

The epicenter of the earthquake was approximately 1,110 miles outside the country’s capital, Santiago, primarily impacting the northern cities of Arica and Iquique.

Following the quake, authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation along the Chilean coastline due to a tsunami risk. The alert stayed in effect until midnight on April 1, after which it was determined that the coastal areas were no longer at risk.

Destinations that are operating normally include Santiago and its surroundings, Valparaiso and the various valleys and wine routes of the Central Valley, San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings, Bahia Inglesa, Caldera, La Serena and Valle del Elqui, according to the tourism secretary.

Destinations in the country’s south such as O’Higgins, Maule, Bio Bio, Araucania, Los Rios, Los Lagos and the Chilean Patagonia (including the Torres del Paine National Park) are also open, the government advised.

Airports throughout the country are operating normally, including those located near Arica and Iquique.

In the far northern regions of Chile, the condition of roads and highways is being evaluated.

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