According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 5.2-magnitude earthquake rocked the coastal town of Illapel, Chile, on Oct. 9, 2015. No immediate reports of fatalities were reported, but it is believed some buildings have incurred structural damage. This quake is one of multiple tremors to plague the South American country.
Chile’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI) told reporters that the country was shaken by four different quakes on Oct. 9. The authorities also revealed grim statistics showing that Chile has had 40 earthquakes in the past week and a chilling 336 over the past month. According to seismologists at the U.S. Geological Survey, Chile is located on an arc of fault lines and volcanoes known as the “Ring of Fire.” This geological band is unstable and prone to violent earth tremors, some of which have surpassed today’s earthquakes in Illapel, Chile.
Jorge Burges, Chile’s Interior Minister, is scheduled to visit Illapel to assess the damage caused by the 5.2-magnitude quake. A World Vision official told reporters, “We are now used to these earth tremors and the government has already set up emergency response teams in hot areas, one of them is Coquimbo.” Residents in Illapel were, however, despondent after yet another natural disaster. One resident said, “I now live in constant fear and cannot even plan for the future.” Humanitarian relief is being sent in response to news of the 5.2M earthquake, which was one of four earthquakes to rock Illapel, Chile.
By Shepherd Mutsvara
Earthquakes Alerts by the U.S. Geological Survey
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