6.0 Earthquake Rocks Coquimbo Chile



On Oct. 5, 2015, at approximately 9:30 a.m. PDT, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported that Coquimbo, Chile had experienced an earthquake measuring 6.0 magnitude. The epicenter of the quake was approximately 32 miles southwest of Coquimbo. Residents of La Higuera, 36 miles north, reported feeling the tumbler.

According to Reuters, Chile’s emergency services department states there are no current reports of damage. Additionally, no tsunami is expected.

The USGS reports this is another in a series of aftershocks riddling the region since Sep. 16, 2015, when Chile experienced an 8.3 magnitude earthquake. Additionally, there have been 24 aftershocks since Sep 29, 2015, measuring between 4.1 and 6.0 on the Richter scale. All of the aftershocks have epicenters located offshore near Coquimbo. However, on Oct. 3, 2015, there was a 4.3 tremor 36 miles north, situated inland at La Serena.

Chileans are continuing to clean up after the Sep. 16, 2015, quake that left over 9,000 people homeless. The subsequent tsunami waves were as high as 15 feet and washed large fishing boats ashore.

Hilda Zambra spoke with reporters about the September 16 quake, “We lost it all, it was horrible. I don’t know how I got out of there.” Zambra added, there was no time to collect any personal belongings.

No further information is available at this time.

By Cathy Milne

Reuters: Magnitude six earthquake strikes off central Chile: USGS
Earthquake Track: Recent Earthquake Near Coquimbo, Chile
Reuters: Chileans pick through debris after powerful quake; 11 dead
Featured Photo Courtesy of Carlos Reusser Monsalvez’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

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