8.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off northern coast of Chile

Chile 8.2 April 1
APRIL 2014CHILE A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast Tuesday night, and officials ordered an evacuation of coastal areas before an expected tsunami. At least five people were reportedly killed from the powerful tremor, which also shook buildings in parts of nearby Peru and Bolivia. The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported the quake at 8.0, but later upgraded the magnitude. It said the quake struck 61 miles (99 kilometers) northwest of the Chilean city of Iquique at 8:46 p.m., hitting a region that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks. Waves measuring almost 2 meters (6 ½ feet) already were striking cities on the coast, and authorities said a tsunami was expected to come ashore later. Local TV images showed residents evacuating calmly. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert for all of Latin America’s Pacific coast. Chile’s Emergency Office said a large tsunami wave was expected to hit the island of Juan Fernandez out in the Pacific just before midnight local time. Chile’s emergency service reported some road blocked by landslides caused by the quake, but said no injuries had been reported so far. An official at Peru’s civil defense office said evacuations were underway on that country’s coast. The official, who did not give her name, said there were no immediate reports of damage. Police officer Alejandro Rosado in a Tacna, a Peruvian town near the coast, said no damage or injuries had been reported there.
Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. A magnitude-8.8 quake and ensuing tsunami in central Chile in 2010 killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts. The strongest earthquake ever recorded on Earth also happened in Chile — a magnitude-9.5 tremor in 1960 that killed more than 5,000 people. Hundreds of earthquakes have shaken Chile’s far-northern coast in the past two weeks, keeping people on edge as scientists said there was no way to tell if the unusual string of tremors was a harbinger of an impending disaster. The unnerving activity began with a strong magnitude-6.7 quake on March 16 that caused more than 100,000 people to briefly evacuate low-lying areas, although no tsunami materialized and there was little physical damage from the shaking. –ABC News
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12 Responses to 8.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off northern coast of Chile

  1. Brandon says:

    This is an extremely massive earthquake. Our prayers go out to those who may be affected by this.


  2. Irene C says:

    I’ve been watching the news on this since the quake occurred. I haven’t heard anything concerning tsunamis for the U.S. West Coast or Alaska as of this moment, however, Hawaii did issue a tsunami advisory for possible sea level changes and strong currents.

    The other thing I will be watching is, will this quake trigger another one along the ring of fire – maybe the U.S. West Coast? Only time will tell.


    • lindee-lou says:

      yes. the ball is rollling…. ready or not!


    • Shelley says:

      Thankfully we dodged that bullet – this time. It was very nerve racking since we waited a while to hear what the officials would say. I’m thankful that they took their time to really evaluate things.

      I do agree with Irene, can’t help but feel like this was a precursor to something larger… we always have to observe what the animals are doing, they are the only species that listens to the earth since humanity has gone so far from it.


    • Bert says:

      The Ring of fire has hundreds of quakes every day so I think the chances are fairly good.


  3. Dennis E. says:

    More to come, I think of equal size or more.


  4. Irene C says:

    M5.8 – 53km S of Pedregal, Panama
    2014-04-02 16:13:27 UTC


  5. Alexandra says:

    Just had a 7.8 in Chile as an aftershock!


  6. Tim says:

    It may not be over yet. Tonight there was a 7.6 aftershock. That’s big on it’s own.


  7. Dennis E. says:

    6.0 at the Solomon islands yesterday
    5.7 south Greece last night.
    Things are heating up world wide get prepared.
    As these things heat up, expect civil unrest to pickup


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