Earthquakes Relentlessly Erupt on and Around Chile’s Coast



On Oct. 2, 2015, nine earthquakes are reported to have hit Chile. The magnitudes of the tremors ranged from 4.7 to 5.2. The temblors began erupting at approximately, 8:28, and ended at 16:33 UTC.  Six quakes with magnitudes of 5.0 to 5.2 shook some of the same cities on Chile’s coast. These six tremors burst forth at a rate of three at a time, at only 10 minutes apart.

Presently, only one person reported having felt the tremors.  Early reports say that they were weak quakes on land. According to the USGS, depths were between 10 km and 13 km.

No injuries or damages have been reported. Chile has received an overwhelming number of significant tremors since the total lunar eclipse on Sept. 27. The country has experienced well over 100 earthquakes of varying magnitudes on and off its coast. Some of the movement has caused minor injuries to people in the area. Eye witnesses have also stated that the stronger shocks may have felt more substantial because the tremors erupted with only minutes between them.

Though tremors on Chile’s coast seem to have been relentless since the eclipse, scientist are reluctant to credit the events with Sunday’s blood moon appearance.

By Jeanette Smith

Earthquake-Report: Earthquakes in the World Oct. 2, 2015
USGS: M5.2-162 km WSW Oraville, Chile

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