Friday, November 1, 2013

Chile: Earthquake Registering 6.6 on Richter Scale Hits Central Chile, Buildings Sway in Capital

According to The Associated Press, a strong earthquake rocked central Chile, causing buildings to sway in the capital of Santiago. There were no immediate reports of major damage or deaths.

The US Geological Survey is reporting that the quake had a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter Scale, and its epicenter was located about 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of the city of Coquimbo. It's depth was 10 kilometers (six miles).

COMMENT: Chile is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries. A magnitude-8.8 quake and the tsunami it unleashed in 2010 killed more than 500 people and destroyed 220,000 homes.

For information on how to survive an earthquake, see the below link:

http://tremor.nmt.edu/faq/prepare