5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Chile

5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Chile on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Earthquakes have been recorded at 00.05 local time (05.08 MSK). The epicenter of earthquake was located 100 kilometers from the city of Talca and 277 kilometers from the capital of Chile, Santiago. The earthquake lies at a depth of seven kilometers.

Information on casualties or destruction have been reported yet, the threat of a tsunami is not 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.

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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