6.8 and 6.3 earthquakes strike off the coast of Chile

February 11, 2011 – CAUQUENES, Chile – A magnitude 6.8 followed by a 6.3 earthquake struck central Chile Friday, centered in almost exactly the same spot where last year’s magnitude-8.8 quake spawned a tsunami and devastated coastal communities. Electricity and phone service were disrupted and thousands of people fled to higher ground following Friday’s quake, but the government quickly announced that there was no risk of a tsunami, and there were no reports of damage or injuries. President Sebastian Pinera appealed for calm and praised his government and Chileans in general for responding quickly. “Today we’re better prepared,” Pinera said. “I think we’ve learned the lesson of Feb. 27, 2010.” Rodrigo Ubilla, the vice interior minister, said the navy had “totally discounted any risk of a tsunami.” Still, the strong earthquake frightened many Chileans, especially along the coast, where people quickly moved to higher ground. “There was a preventive self-evacuation,” said Vicente Nunez, who directs the National Emergency Office, ONEMI. But he said Chileans could safely return home. Residents fled their homes in Talcahuano, a port city whose center was ravaged last year by huge walls of water that sent shipping containers and fishing boats into downtown buildings and streets, municipal spokesman Javier Gonzalez told The Associated Press. Skyscrapers swayed in the capital of Santiago, and in the inland town of Cauquenes, mothers ran into the streets carrying babies in their arms. –CBS News
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2 Responses to 6.8 and 6.3 earthquakes strike off the coast of Chile

  1. nice site thank you


  2. Shira Israel-Levin says:

    Interesting that shortly after the qovernment of Chile decided to accept as a state land claimed by the Palestinians as theirs.


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