HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Chilean-Americans in the Southland were trying to reach family members Tuesday night after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake rocked northern Chile.

The quake, which was centered 61 miles northwest of Iquique, struck at 4:46 p.m. EST. A small tsunami came to shore and a tsunami alert was issued for all of Latin America’s Pacific coast.

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KCAL9’s Rachel Kim spoke with worried locals at Rincon Chileno Restaurant in Hollywood.

One woman was calling family and friends, but kept getting a busy signal. She finally got through to them via Facebook and text.

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“My whole family lives in Chile, actually. My mom lives in Peru. I was really scared for her because I heard there was a tsunami probably gonna hit Peru, too,” the woman said.

Luis Cid said his family in Santiago were doing okay. He said he was worried about friends in Iquique.

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“I can’t believe it. I have a friend over there. I hope nothing serious happened,” he said.