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Chile Earthquake Strikes Today: Panic Felt

January 23, 2012


Only yesterday we reported on an earthquake in Mexico and earlier today about another earthquake in Hawaii. A further earthquake has now been reported off the coast of Chile with a magnitude of 6.2. There are no reports yet of any people injured or damage but the quake did cause panic.

The quake happened at 1:04 pm local time, that’s 4:04 pm UTC or 11:04 am EST at a depth of 18.5 miles (29.7 km). According to the USGS the epicenter was 31 miles (50 km) north of Concepcion, Bio-Bio, Chile, 49 miles (80 km) southwest of Cauquennes, Maule, Chile, 55 miles (90 km) west-northwest of Chillan, Bio-Bio, Chile or 244 miles (393 km) south-southwest of Santiago, Chile.

The national emergency office of Chile said no immediate reports had come in about injuries. A tsunami warning was not issued. The effects of today’s temblor were widely felt though with many reporting that they panicked on feeling the shaking according to The Washington Post. There was some disturbance to cellphone services as many people were trying to contact friends and family.

The earthquake was close to the massive magnitude 8.8 quake that devastatingly struck Chile in February 2010 causing the deaths of over 500 people and destroying hundreds of thousands of homes. We’d like to hear from you if you felt today’s earthquake in Chile? Share your experiences and also let us know your location by sending your comments.

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