Earthquake 6.7 points near Chile Natural Disasters
A strong earthquake shook the 6.7 points the central regions of Chile almost midnight April 16, 2012, forcing the government to announce a mandatory evacuation of coastal areas. Tremors were felt for a minute in Santiago and Valparaiso. Hundreds of people in the capital hurried to leave the house. Evidence of serious damage were reported, but in the port city of Valparaiso, died of a heart attack 72-year-old man.
According Geological Surveying and Mapping U.S. earthquake was awarded 6.5 points force, which was later refined to 6.7 points. The epicenter was located 42 kilometers north-east of Valparaiso, at a depth of 37 kilometers. Although the Chilean Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service assured that the tsunami would not, the authorities announced the mandatory evacuation of people living in coastal areas from Constitucion to Tonga, to a high place. Later, however, thousands of people were allowed to return home.
The earthquake in parts of Santiago was disrupted telephone and electricity supply. According to the National Service of salvation, nothing more serious happened in Santiago, neither damage nor injuries or rock falls. In Valparaiso, one person died and several facades of old buildings collapsed.
Chile — a country exposed to constant earthquakes. Strong and durable 7.1 tremors occurred March 25, 2012. In 2010, the tsunami caused by the earthquake measuring 8.8, the central part of Constitucion was destroyed.