Strong earthquake hits central Chile, centered near Santiago


PUBLISHED Wed, August 02, 2017 - 3:23am EDT
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A strong earthquake (sismo) with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 has struck central Chile, centered near the capital of Santiago, seismologists and residents say. Only few details were immediately available. (more)





The earthquake, which struck at 3:15 a.m. local time on Wednesday, was centered about 25 kilometers (15 miles) northeast of Farellones, or 41 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of the capital city. It struck at a depth of about 74 kilometers (46 miles).

Chile's National Seismological Center put the preliminary magnitude at 5.4, down from an initial estimate of 5.6. Residents across the metropolitan region reported being woken up by the early-morning earthquake.

Shaking was felt in Las Condes, Puente Alto, Maipu, and other areas, as well as places across the border in Argentina. Many residents near the epicenter said they perceived the earthquake as much stronger than a 5.4.

"Lots of shaking! Slight at first, one big shake, then continued for about 30 seconds," one resident in Providencia told European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). Another resident, in Las Condes, added: "It was strong but it felt short."

There was no immediate word on damage or casualties, but Chile's National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI) said there was no threat of a tsunami.

Chile is on the so-called 'Pacific Ring of Fire' which is regularly struck by large earthquakes, including the Great Chilean earthquake that struck the coast of central Chile on May 22, 1960. The 9.5-magnitude earthquake - the largest earthquake ever instrumentally recorded - left thousands dead.





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