Strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off the northern coast of Chile

Chile March 16 6.7
March 2014CHILE A strong quake struck off northern Chile on Sunday evening, triggering a preventive evacuation of part of the coastal area but not causing any injuries or damage to the country’s crucial copper mines. The magnitude 6.7 quake, originally measured as a 7.0, was centered 37 miles west-northwest of Iquique and hit at a depth of 12.4 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The ONEMI emergency office said that preliminarily no damage or injuries had been reported after the shake, which struck at 6:16 p.m. local time (2116 GMT). Chile’s massive mines, clustered in the mineral-rich North, appeared to be fine. Collahuasi, a partnership between Glencore Xstrata and Anglo American, located in the area, said operations were normal. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami expected. But Chile’s navy said there was a possibility of what it called “a minor tsunami,” so authorities ordered a preventive evacuation of part of the coastline after the quake. Local media showed footage of people in Iquique calmly evacuating on foot to nearby hills. A press officer at the ONEMI said sea levels in Iquique had risen a negligible 18 centimeters. The officer said it was unclear how many people had evacuated, and that it depended on each local authority when they would return to their homes. –Reuters
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3 Responses to Strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off the northern coast of Chile

  1. Irene C says:

    Just amazing all the quakes that are happening all along the West Coast of North and South America. It reminds me of a zipper.


  2. Dennis E. says:

    The evidence is clear. Somewhere on the fire of fire there is coming a massive earthquake
    ay least 8.0 or above I think. If it is off shore, there is always a chance of a tidal wave and still a large chance of a large loss of life. Somewhere on our west coast perhaps.
    But, still something is pending and no, I am not paranoid.
    This is the reason for this site and its mission to warn us of earth changes and so far the evidence speaks for itself.


  3. tess says:

    I live on the east coast of Australia. We are not in any way prepared for a large earthquake…we are was to blaise about it.. I just hope that when it does happen, (which it will) the warning systems give which ever country it hits enough time to evacuate… watch and wait I guess?


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