A sizable earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter Scale recently hit the northern coast of Chile. The news comes after Chile experienced a rather large earthquake near its border shared with Argentina and Bolivia a few weeks ago that measured 6.9 in magnitude. In fact, there were reportedly three earthquakes which happened at that time, with the other two measuring around 4.5 and 5.1 in magnitude. Other reports of sizable tremors which happened within the last couple of weeks include two which have measured around 5.0 near the Santiago area.
The earthquake which hit today was located in the coastal area near Copiapo, which is located in the Atacama Desert area. The area had reportedly been experiencing tremors measuring around 3.5 prior to this recent sizable earthquake.
Chile is known to have large earthquakes, including an 8.8 magnitude which hit in 2010 and 9.5 which hit in 1960. The area is home to one of the largest subduction zone and volcanic areas. Such intensive earthquakes can trigger tsunamis which can affect Hawaii, Australia, and even Japan.
By Liz Pimentel
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