Chile earthquake: Strong tremor hits north of Santiago


PUBLISHED Sun, November 26, 2017 - 5:44pm EST
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A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 has struck central Chile, centered north of Santiago and Valparaíso, seismologists and residents say. Only few details were immediately available. (more)





The earthquake, which struck at about 7:15 p.m. local time on Sunday, was centered near Petorca, about 21 kilometers northeast of La Ligua and 96 kilometers northeast of Valparaíso, or 138 kilometers north of Santiago. It struck at a depth of 43 kilometers.

Chile's National Seismological Center put the preliminary magnitude at 5.4. It said the strongest shaking was felt in Zapallar and Rinconada, with shaking of a lesser intensity felt in San Felipe, Salamanca, and Los Vilos. Light shaking was felt in the metropolitan region.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. Chile's National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI) said there is 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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