6.6 Maule: fourth major quake rattles Chile in four days

 6.6 magnitude earthquake, the fourth in the series, strikes offshore of Maule Chile at a depth of 25.4 km. The Caribbean Plate is now showing inordinate signs of strain and we now think this is a very unstable region that could see a major seismic event soon.
BUENOS AIRES – The Cristo Redentor tunnel, the main mountain pass linking Argentina and Chile, reopened Sunday after work crews repaired road damage caused by a powerful earthquake in Chile, the national highway administration said. Some 800 trucks are lined up to enter the tunnel, officials said. About 2,000 trucks were stranded on both sides of the Andes border crossing due to the road closure, which started on Friday. Repair work is continuing on the Chilean side of the international crossing because the earthquake left huge boulders on the road. Cristo Redentor, which links Santiago, Chile, to the western Argentine city of Mendoza, is the main cargo route between the South American nations, with an average of nearly 900 trucks passing through each day. The tunnel was closed on Friday due to a magnitude-6.9 earthquake. At the start of the weekend, officials recommended that travelers use one of four alternate routes. Friday’s temblor, which rocked central and southern Chile, occurred at 5:05 p.m. (2005 GMT) and was followed by dozens of aftershocks. Its epicenter was located offshore some 69 kilometers (43 miles) northwest of Concepcion, Chile’s second-largest city. The quake was the largest to strike Chile since the magnitude-8.8 temblor of Feb. 27, 2010, which left more than 500 people dead and caused $30 billion in damage. –The Latin American Herald  
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2 Responses to 6.6 Maule: fourth major quake rattles Chile in four days

  1. sunny says:

    The Caribbean Plate is now showing inordinate signs of strain

    What do you mean: The Caribbean Plate…..and where can we expect a major seismic event.
    I live in the Caribbean and its a long way from Chile. I hope that you meant: The Naszca plate…..


    • Sunny, I was referring to the Caribbean Plate. This is nothing to lose sleep over. I’m not trying to predict earthquakes, only trying to identify areas of the globe that are being stressed by what’s rattling the planet. People in California live with earthquake theats, as do people in Iceland, Indonesia, and Japan under the shadow of some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet. We have 6.7 billion people living on the planet and more than 500 million live in seismically-stressed regions. It is what it is and it can’t be helped but there will be challenges in some of these regions as the Earth geologically starts waking up. Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake ripped new faults along the plate- prior to the quake there were earthquake swarms occurring in Puerto Rico (Caribbean) which few people paid much attention to. None of these posts means anyone should stop their lives and live in fear- it just means be a little more aware of your surroundings. This is also just my opinion. Seismic waves ripple through the planet’s mantle constantly and we know quakes in one region of the world can trigger quakes in another part of the Earth. Now what does a stressed plate mean? It means there is an increased likihood of a quake in the future that may relieve energy stress factors. See: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18398-caribbean-at-risk-of-more-large-earthquakes.html and http://news.softpedia.com/news/Chile-Earthquake-Triggered-Subsequent-California-Tremors-182162.shtml


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