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  HOME | Chile

Moderate Earthquakes Rock Northern and Central Chile

SANTIAGO – Northern and central Chile were rocked early Monday by two moderate earthquakes, but neither injuries nor damage have been reported, officials said.

A magnitude-5.2 earthquake hit the northern regions of Arica y Parinacota, Tarapaca and Antofagasta around 4:42 am, the University of Chile Seismology Center said.

The quake’s epicenter was located in the Pacific Ocean about 22 kilometers (some 14 miles) west of Pisagua, a town in Tarapaca, and some 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles) from Santiago, the center said.

The temblor occurred at a depth of 55 kilometers (34 miles), the center said.

The Navy Hydrography and Oceanography Service (SHOA) said the conditions for a tsunami off the coast of Chile were not present.

“No injuries to people or cuts to basic services and infrastructure have been reported as a result of this earthquake,” the national emergency management office said.

A magnitude-5.0 earthquake rattled the central regions of Valparaiso, Metropolitan Santiago and O’Higgins at 12:22 am, but no injuries or damage were reported.

The temblor’s epicenter was located 21 kilometers (13 miles) northwest of Quillota and about 120 kilometers (some 75 miles) north-northwest of Santiago at a depth of 57.8 kilometers (about 36 miles), the University of Chile Seismology Center said.

The SHOA ruled out the possibility that the quake might cause a tsunami.

 

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