Magnitude 6.8 quake shakes Chile, no serious damage

SANTIAGO,  (Reuters) – A strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit central-northern Chile on Wednesday, shaking buildings as far away as the capital, Santiago, but there were no reports of serious damage or injuries, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and local officials said.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.7, struck at a depth of 28.4 miles (45.7 km), 63 miles (101 km) southwest of mining town Copiapo and 364 miles (585 km) north of capital Santiago at 5:15 p.m. (2015 GMT), the USGS said.

It hit well south of vast mines in the world No.1 copper producer and Chile’s emergency office said there were no preliminary reports of significant damage.

The navy said the quake did not meet the conditions needed to generate a tsunami off the country’s Pacific coastline.

Nearly three years ago, a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami ravaged central-southern Chile, killing hundreds of people and causing billions of dollars worth of damage.

The mayor of Vallenar, a town close to the epicenter, told CNN Chile some walls had collapsed in lower-income areas with poorer quality buildings.

Television showed images of minor damage to homes such as broken windows and bottles of cooking oil thrown from their shelves in a local supermarket.

More in World News

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. Lakeram Kewlachand

    Gangaram man takes his own life

  2. A police officer attempts to escort Rushelle Gittens out of the court compound

    Woman threatens to kill cop at city court complex

  3. Colin Rodney

    Cop charged with taking bribes

  4. Citizens fleeing country due to crime, IAC says

  5. The Rio Inn at Forshaw and Oronoque Streets

    Teen shot dead outside Rio nightclub

  6. Courtenay Griffith’s home in Lodge that is earmarked to be demolished.

    City to tear down 52 derelict buildings

  7. Tricia Loo

    East Canje woman jailed over cocaine in suitcases

  8. 15-year-old charged with murdering suspect in sister’s abuse

  9. Linda, the mother of the suspect, displaying his football gear and accolades in a bid to prove his innocence in front of the Brickdam Police Station.

    Mother turns in alleged suspect in market shooting


Recommended For You