5.3 Earthquake Hits San Antonio, Chile

earthquakeOn June 2, at 10:32 UTC., San Antonio, Chile was hit with a 5.3 magnitude earthquake. The quakes had a depth of 17.6km. According to the most recent reports, there were no injuries or damages. There was a report that the earthquake could be felt from 84km away.

The cities that were affected by the earthquake include Cartagena, Melipilla, Santa Cruz, and Santiago, Chile.

The National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) is in Golden, Colorado, at 1711 Illinois Street. Although tours are free, to make a reservation call 303-273-8420. Public tours can be scheduled for Mondays, 9-10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Thursdays, 9-11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tours includes a 30 to 45 minute presentation about NEIC operations, the Earthquake Early Alerting Service, and earthquakes. Tour groups must be fewer than 25 people, and attendees must be at least in the fourth grade.

The NEIC was originally set up in Rockville, Maryland in 1966. It was part of the National Ocean Survey of the Department of Commerce. The coast and Geodetic Survey have gathered and coordinated the seismological data in the U.S. for years. The NEIC was transferred to Boulder, Colorado in 1972 and was also made part of the U.S. Geological Survey in 1973. The NEIC was moved to its current location in Golden, Colorado in 1974.

By Jeanette Smith


Earthquake USGS: National Earthquake Information Center

Photos courtesy of:
Bengt 1955’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons
Atiiio Leandro’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons

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