7.2 AFTERSHOCK HITS CHILE, 2 WKS AFTER 8.8 EARTHQUAKE

March 11, 2010 § 1 Comment

3/12/2010 7.2 Aftershock just hit Chile a few hours ago
At least 3 major aftershocks rocked central Chile several hours ago, striking minutes before its president-elect was sworn into office to take charge of a country still reeling from a devastating earthquake nearly two weeks ago. The first of the three major aftershocks hit at 11:39 a.m., with a magnitude of 7.2. It the strongest to hit since Chile was ravaged by an 8.8-magnitude quake on Feb. 27.

Tsunami Alert: Chile’s Navy rapidly issued a tsunami alert, and Chilean television carried reports of residents of coastal areas fleeing for higher ground. There were no immediate reports of damage, but in the capital of Santiago, 95 miles north of the epicenters, windows rattled, buildings trembled and cell phone service went down.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake struck the coast near the city of Rancagua, and was quickly followed by one of 6.9 magnitude at 11:55 a.m., and another of 6.0 magnitude at 12:06 p.m.Scores of strong aftershocks have rattled Chile’s interior and its coastline since one of the most powerful earthquakes on record, at magnitude 8.9, devastated the country on Feb. 27. It was this quake which killed hundreds of people, toppled apartment buildings and bridges, and stirred up powerful waves that wiped away entire fishing villages as they pounded the southern coast of the country.

The U.S. Geological Survey also reported that two other shocks, with magnitudes of about 5.0, hit the central part of Chile and its south earlier Thursday.
-Janette Dillerstone

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