5.0 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Chile

Earthquakes have been recorded at 03.43 MSK Sunday. The epicenter of the earthquake was located 54 km north-west of the village Cauquenes 318 kilometers south-west of the capital Santiago. Its center lies at a depth of 24 kilometers. Information on casualties or damage were reported. Chile is characterized by high seismic activity. At the end of February 2010 in the South American country in the 8.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami killed more than 500 people, according to RIA Novosti.

Pacific through Chile is a "fire zone" — the band of volcanoes and tectonic faults up to 40 thousand kilometers. He circles the Pacific Ocean, passing along the coasts of North and South America to the southern part of Alaska, then turns to Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia, and ends near the island of New Guinea, New Zealand and South West Pacific. It is in the "Ring of Fire" is the vast majority of the known volcanic planet. There are also 90% of all earthquakes in the world.


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