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Earthquake Chain Wrecking Ball Jolts Chile


On Nov. 11, 2015, at 7:31 UTC a magnitude (M) 6.9 earthquake jolted the coast of Chile. According to Earthquake Report, six 6.6M earthquakes rumbled Chile from 1:54 to 1:59 UTC. All six of them erupted off the coast in the same region.

The Coordinates were 29º24′00.0″S 72º18′00.0″W. The depths of the earthquakes ranged from 0 km to 32 km.

One witness, 82 km from the epicenter of the temblor, stated that the sixth floor shook for over 20 minutes. It was felt as far away as 770 km from the epicenter.

The cities affected:
458 km N of Santiago, Chile
82 km NW of La Serena, Chile
79 km NW of Coquimbo, Chile

Fortunately, this part of the country is prepared to experience the earth shake beneath them, so most of the structures are resistant to the shaking, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). However, there have been secondary hazards in Chile, such as mudslides and liquefaction, which the USGS reports could have contributed to experienced losses. Unfortunately, losses of this nature are not uncommon in this region.

The National Tsunami Warning Center reports there are not any expectations of a tsunami. Stay tuned to Guardian Liberty Voice for more information.

By Jeanette Smith
Edited by Leigh Haugh

Image Courtesy of Douglas Scortegagna’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

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