Earthquake in Chile

BUENOS AIRES, September 3 — RIA Novosti, Alexander Solovsky.5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Chile, 600 km south-west of the capital Santiago, according to the website of the Chilean Seismological Service.

Earthquakes have been recorded at 20.21 MSK Saturday. The epicenter was located at 124 kilometers west of the village Thiru (about 10,000 people). Its center lies at a depth of 12 kilometers.

Information on casualties or damage were reported.

Chile is characterized by high seismic activity. In late February of last year in the South American country in the 8.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami killed more than 500 people.

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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