Strong earthquake of 6.6-magnitude rocks Chile

Published on : Friday, November 1, 2013

earthquakeNorth-central Chile has been rocked by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake as buildings and people in the capital swayed as rushed in panic along the street.

 

No damages to infrastructure were reported by the Chile’s emergency services and the Chile’s Navy discarded the possibility of a tsunami.

 

The quake’s epicenter was located about 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of the city of Coquimbo or about 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Santiago. Its depth was 10 kilometers (6 miles) said the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. A magnitude-8.8 quake and the tsunami it unleashed in 2010 killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts. That quake was so strong it shortened the Earth’s day slightly by changing the planet’s rotation

 

The strongest earthquake ever recorded also happened in Chile, a magnitude-9.5 in 1960 that killed more than 5,000 people.

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