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M 6,7 earthquake struck Chile

M 6,7 earthquake struck Chile-Source: USGS M 6,7 earthquake struck Chile-Source: USGS.

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the central and north coast of Chile causing structural damage, landslides and provoking 2 fatalities.

The incident occurred at 10:32pm local time on Saturday, 19th of January, 2019. The epicenter of the quake was located 16 km south-southwest of Coquimbo city at a depth of 53 km.

The temblor triggered landslides mostly in mountainous regions. It also caused some structural damage to old buildings and power outages but, fortunately, electricity was soon restored. Many people were evacuated in fear of a potential tsunami that could hit the coastal areas. However, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center announced that there wasn't a real threat. According to local media, 2 people that suffered heart attacks associated with the earthquake, eventually passed away.

Camila Castillo, a receptionist at a hotel in the La Serena, a coastal city that suffered minor structural damage, said: "It felt very strong. The tourists were very nervous, but nothing serious happened."

Chile is located on the Ring of Fire and therefore powerful earthquakes are a common phenomenon. In 2010, Chile was struck by a massive M 8.8, according to USGS, earthquake. The temblor provoked a strong tsunami that destroyed many villages in the coastal areas of the country. At least 507 were reported dead and 441,000 houses were severely damaged or totally destroyed.

Sources: Reuters.com Independent.co.uk 

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