Earthquakes Around the World and the One That Rocked Chile

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According to the Earthquake Report website, since midnight, Sept. 26, 2015, there have been more than 24 quakes or aftershocks around the world. The most significant was reported in Chile. The rumblings began at approximately 12:08 a.m. UTC, in Coquimbo, Chile with a magnitude of 3.7. Two hours later, Coquimbo recorded a 6.4 tremor and Ovalle, Chile’s quake was an 8.3 in magnitude.

The RT News’ release reported, “At least 13 people were killed and dozens injured while about [one] million were evacuated after an 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck Chile on Sept. 16. The quake triggered a tsunami that flooded some of the coastal cities with waves up to 4.5 meters high.” The epicenter was in Coquimbo, 30 KM southwest of Ovalle. A second shaker followed shortly after that measuring a 5.1 magnitude. Subsequent aftershocks were recorded between 3.0 to 4.1 on the Richter Scale. Even though a tsunami occurred, the preventative evacuation was canceled.

The most recent tremblers reported occurred in New Zealand, which is north of Hick’s Bay and Western Greenland. The New Zealand North Island event measured 3.0 on the Richter Scale. Greenland’s quakes reached magnitudes between 5.4 and 5.5. Since 2012, there have been at least eight earthquakes clustered north of Nuk, Greenland in Nanortalik, measuring a minimum of 4.o on the scale. By comparison, the Chile and Greenland earthquakes were the greatest in magnitude among the current tremors reported around the world.

By Cathy Milne
Edited by Jeanette Smith

Earthquake Report: Earthquakes in the world on September 26, 2015 (M2.9 or more)
RT News: 6.2 quake, aftershocks strike central Chile
Earthquake Report: Strong earthquake – Western Greenland on September 26, 2015
Featured Photo Courtesy of Fellpe Ovalle’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License