6.7 earthquake hits Chile on March 15, 2010

On March 15, 2010, near 11:00 P.M local time., two earthquakes hit Chile.

The epicentre seems to have been Concepción. Some areas affected reported power outages. This was not the case in Chillán, where –for the first quake– the radio station El Sembrador reported a seismic activity of 6.7 on the Richter scale. It was also reported that the earthquakes did not meet the minimum requirements to put out tsunami alerts. A tsunami that affected the town of Dichato two weeks ago is said to have effectively wiped the town off the face of the earth.

Update: The quakes weren’t felt in Antofogasta nor in Valparaíso, but were felt in Santiago. Only one quake was felt in the town of Nuevo Imperial (about a 30 minute drive from Temuco), and just barely –at that. The first was reported to have lasted approximately 30 seconds. It’s now believed that the epicentre was the town called Cobquecura, near the city of Concepción –and the quakes are being called temblores (earthquakes of lesser intensity or “tremors” by officials). Some houses that were partly destroyed in the earthquake two weeks ago were reported to have fallen. No deaths have been reported.

Maurice Cepeda

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