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  HOME | Chile

Moderate Earthquake Rocks Chile’s Capital

SANTIAGO – A magnitude-4.9 earthquake rocked Santiago and the neighboring city of Valparaiso on Monday, but no injuries or serious damage have been reported, Chilean officials said.

The temblor occurred at 9:03 am and its epicenter was in the Andes mountains some 23 kilometers (14 miles) north of the Farellones winter sports complex, the University of Chile’s Seismology Institute said.

The quake’s epicenter was at a depth of 94.4 kilometers (58 miles).

The US Geological Survey (USGS) also reported the earthquake’s magnitude at 4.9 and registered the epicenter at a depth of 98.1 kilometers (60 miles).

The earthquake was felt across the Santiago metropolitan area and in different cities in Valparaiso region, the national emergency management office said.

“No harm to people, effects on basic services or (damage to) infrastructure have been reported as a result of this earthquake,” the national emergency management office said.

Chile is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region of frequent quakes and volcanic activity that accounts for about 85 percent of the world’s seismic activity.

 

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