North-central Chile hit by an earthquake of magnitude 6.8. This quake felt even in the capital city of Santiago, although it occurred in 582 km away. Closest to the epicenter, the depth of which is 45 km, the settlements were mining town Copiapo, located 101 km to the north-east, and the town of Vallenar, 44 km to the south.
Due to the remoteness of the villages and towns, as well as the operating copper mine, the earthquake did not cause severe damage, and witnesses could only feel like shaking the walls and windows of their homes. On a number of ways at the entrance to the mines there were minor rock falls. In poor areas Vallenara collapsed several walls at the dilapidated houses of poor construction. There are houses with broken windows, some supermarkets after the push off the shelves fell goods. Among the people faced the wave of panic, but not for long.
The only victim of the earthquake was 50-year old resident of Copiapo, who died of a heart attack, presumably caused by the earthquake. According to experts, the force of the earthquake is not so great as to cause a tsunami on the Pacific Ocean, so the Chileans in this respect not to worry.