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Strong quake shakes Chile, no damage reported

April 17, 2012 Comments off

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(Reuters) – A powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Chile’s eastern port of Valparaiso early on Tuesday, shaking buildings as far away as the capital Santiago, but there were no reports of significant damage and the country’s main copper mines were unaffected.

One elderly man died as a result of a heart attack brought on by the quake, which struck 26 miles north-northeast of Valparaiso, and 69 miles northwest of the capital Santiago, but there were no other reports of injuries.

State emergency office ONEMI said a stretch of coastline was being evacuated as a precaution, but there was no tsunami alert.

Rodrigo Ubilla, an Interior Ministry undersecretary, said there had been Read more…

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Chile Earthquake Strikes Today: Panic Felt

January 23, 2012 Comments off

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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 Read more…

32 Inches Of Snow Falls In Driest Place On Earth!

July 8, 2011 Comments off

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Emergency services were forced to rescue stranded motorists following heavy snowfall

One of the driest spots on earth has experienced its heaviest snowfall in almost two decades, according to the Chilean Directorate of Meteorology (DMC).

A cold front brought up to 80 centimetres (31.5 inches) of snow to the Atacama desert region of South America forcing emergency services to close local roads and rescue dozens of motorists from their vehicles. The temperature in the Chilean capital, Santiago, dropped below minus 8c on Wednesday. Neighbouring Argentina and Uruguay are also experiencing subzero temperatures.

Located in the north of Chile, the Atacama Desert records less than 50mm of rain on average each year. Some weather stations in the region record only 1-3mm of rain each year. The desert is, according to NASA, National Geographic and many other publications, the driest desert in the world, due to the Read more…

Nearly 100,000 Chilean students demonstrate in Santiago

July 1, 2011 Comments off

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Students are sprayed by a riot police water cannon during a protest march against the government of President Sebastian Pinera and the new education law, in Santiago.

Students are sprayed by a riot police water cannon during a protest march against the government of President Sebastian Pinera and the new education law, in Santiago.

Santiago – Close to 100,000 Chilean students and teachers demonstrated Thursday in front of the presidential palace in Santiago demanding reform in the country’s public education system.

The conservative government of President Sebastian Pinera has rejected student demands, which include tax reforms to finance education and healthcare and changes in the constitution.

‘They slammed the door on dialogue insofar as they make demands that show they are not in favour of coming to an agreement,’ said Education Minister Joaquin Lavin.

It was one of the largest demonstrations in Chile over the past 20 years. Towards Read more…

Chile’s Puyehue volcano spews lava

June 22, 2011 Comments off

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Lava has begun spilling from Chile’s Puyehue volcano, 18 days after it first erupted, but there’s no danger to nearby residents, according to the National Service of Geology and Mining.

But the ash cloud created by the eruption continues to wreak havoc on airlines around the world.

The Chilean airline LAN cancelled flights to Temuco and Valdivia in the south of the country, and a number of flights were suspended in Australia and New Zealand.

“Viscous lava has flowed slowly westward in a channel roughly 50 metres wide and 100 metres long,” the national geology service known as SERNAGEOMIN said in its latest report.

Last week, SERNAGEOMIN chief Enrique Valdivieso said the appearance of lava would signal Read more…

Something Strange With Volcano Eruption in Chile

June 6, 2011 Comments off

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What appears to be an enormous ash cloud rising from the eruption of a long dormant volcano named Puyehue in southern Chile on June 4, 2011, isn’t quite matching up with the location of the recorded earthquakes today in the immediate area.

“The Cordon Caulle (volcanic range) has entered an eruptive process, with an explosion resulting in a 10-kilometer-high gas column,” Chilean state emergency office said.

The thing is, for some unknown reason, as of this writing, eight earthquakes near magnitude 5 have shook the earth near the Puyehue volcano. The problem is, the earthquakes are located 20 to 40 miles away from the eruption! Very Strange Indeed. (Strange because one would think that Read more…

Chile Earthquake Today – Terremoto Felt in Santiago

June 1, 2011 Comments off

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Chile Earthquake Today, Terremoto, Felt in Santiago

CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – – Chile was struck by a 6.4 earthquake today. Chile’s earthquake or terremoto was felt in Santiago and struck during the morning rush hour. Today’s temblor is the latest powerful earthquake to strike the country this year. No reports of damage or injury today have been given.

Today’s earthquake activity in Chile produced the highest quake in the region in recent weeks. In April, Chile experienced two major earthquakes with hours of each other. On April 2, a moderate 5.1 quake struck forty-one miles south of San Antonio, Valparaiso. That temblor was followed hours later by an earthquake registering a 5.9 magnitude, centered eighty-three miles east of Iquique in the Tarapaca region stuck.

Like the April earthquakes, today’s temblor struck during the early morning Read more…