January 31, 2013. Earthquake magnitude 68 occurred in northern Chile on Wednesday, January 30, reports the Associated Press.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the quake, recorded at 16:15 local time, was located at 44 kilometers north of the city of Vallenar (Vallenar).
Chilean authorities reported damage to buildings in Vallenar, with a population of about 44 million people, as well as in neighboring localities, stressing that it was, according to preliminary data, is only the cracks and broken windows. It also reported individual cases of power failure or malfunction in the telephone with settlements in northern Chile.
Of deaths and injuries were reported. Warning of the danger of a tsunami did not apply.
The earthquake was felt on Wednesday afternoon in the capital Chile— Santiago, where tremors forced residents to leave extra room.
In 2010, an earthquake of magnitude 8,8 and consequent tsunami led to the deaths in Chile, more than 550 people and destroyed 220,000 buildings. The damage caused by the 2010 earthquake Chilean authorities estimated $ 30 billion — 18 percent of the country's GDP.
Chile is one of the most seismically active areas on Earth. On the territory of this country in 1960 was the most powerful earthquake in recent history — a magnitude of 9.5, resulting in the deaths of more than five thousand people.
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55-year-old woman in the Atacama died of a heart attack, said Mayor Rafael Prohens. The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported the earthquake force 6.7 points, later it was revised to 6.8 points. It happened at 16:15 minutes in 44 kilometers north of Vallenar, Chile. Shocked and a little capital of Chile, Santiago, although most destruction occurred in the north of the country.
The Mayor of Vallenar Cristian Tapia, said the phone lines were constantly busy, and power lines destroyed, but now it is their recovery. Damaged houses are now being evaluated for their suitability for housing. Fortunately, under the landslides were no fatalities.
Miguel Ortiz, head of early warning center, said about cohesion of the people who, as is customary in such cases, began to leave their homes.
By the way, in 2010, there is also an earthquake measuring 88 points. Then killed 551 people, destroyed 220,000 houses and other infrastructure. The disaster cost the country $ 30 billion, or 18% of its annual gross domestic product.
Chile is one of the most seismically dangerous countries in the world. Nazca tectonic plate plunges beneath the continent, pushing the Andes even higher. Earthquake 2010 was so strong that slightly affected by the rotation of the planet.