Sunday, January 21, 2018

Strong 6.3 Earthquake Hits Near Putre, Chile - Roads Cut Off By Landslides

Chile earthquake latest: South American country hit by massive earthquake near Putre

The epicentre of the huge tremor was 47 miles south of Putre, Chile.
The earthquake will have been felt as far away as neighbouring Peru and Boliva, according to a USGS shake map.
Peru was devastated by a deadly earthquake just over a week ago on January 14 leaving at least 65 people injured.

The tremor shook the region at 10.10pm CLST, 1.10am GMT.
The Peruvian city of Tacna stands less than 75 miles away from the epicentre.
The massive quake comes just days after Peru was hit with an even more devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck northern Chile on January 21, 2018 (UTC) 76km south of Putre, Chile at a depth of 110.8 km (68.9 miles). The quake struck at 10:06 p.m. local time Saturday. The epicenter in Tarapaca was 47 miles east of the city of Putre, and 73 miles southeast of the Peruvian city of Tacna. There were no immediate reports of damage and the navy’s oceanographic service had discarded the possibility of a tsunami.

The earthquake was felt over a wide area across Arica and Parinacota, Tarapac√° and Antofagasta.
The Regional Office of Arica and Parinacota reported landslides on route A-5, at Chaca and Camarones. The route has been cut and the traffic interrupted.

Neither power outages nor drinking water supply have been reported. The characteristics of the earthquake do not meet the conditions for a tsunami along the coast of Chile.

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