Last Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Very Strong Earthquake Rocks Valparaiso, Chile- 1 Killed So Far


Disaster Report: M 6.5 very strong earthquake rocks Valparaiso, Chile today at 11:50 local time. The quake's epicenter was just  42 km  NNE of Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile   .

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Update
One 72 years old man reported to be killed in Quintero.

Update
USGS has revised the magnitude. It now reports 6.7 @ 37 km depth (more than earlier)

Update
The tremors in Santiago lasted about 30 seconds.

Update
Power outage in Tiltil and Hill.

Update
Evacuation ordered in Tongoy in the region of Coquimbo, to Constitution in the region of Maule

Update
Epicenter location:
23km (14mi) WNW from Hacienda La Calera, Chile
27km (16mi) NW from Quillota, Chile
33km (20mi) SW from La Ligua, Chile
38km (23mi) NNE from Vina del Mar, Chile

Update
Since 1900, numerous magnitude 8 or greater earthquakes have occurred on the interface between the Nazca and South America plates, including the 1960 M9.5 earthquake in southern Chile, the largest instrumentally recorded earthquake in the world and the 2010 M8.8 earthquake north of the 1960 quake.

Update
NOAA writes, BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII. REPEAT. A
 DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO
 TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.
 NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON
 HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

Update 04:35
ONEMI writes earthquake of greatest intensity between the regions of Atacama and Biobio.
he intensities in the Mercalli scale, are

Region: Atacama
Alto del Carmen: III; Copiapo: II; Tierra Amarilla: II; Vallenar: III

Region: Coquimbo
Cinnamon: V; Coquimbo: III; Illapel: ; La Higuera: II; La Serena: III; Los Vilos: V; Ovalle: II; Paiguano: III; Salamanca: V; Vicuña: III

Region: Valparaiso
Calera: VII; Casablanca: VII; Hijuelas: VII; The Ligua: VI; Quillota: V; Quilpué: V; San Antonio: V; Santo Domingo: V; Valparaiso ¬ so: VII; German Villa: VII

Region: Greater London
Melipilla: VI; Peñaflor: VI; San José de Maipo: VI; Santiago: VI; Talagante: VI; Tiltil: VII

Region: Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins
Christmas: VI; Walls: V; Pichilemu: VI; Placilla: VI; Ranchi: VII; San Fernando: VI

Region: Maule
Cauquenes: III; Chanco: III; Colbún: IV; Constitution: III; Curicó: IV; Iloca: III; Linares: III; Longford: IV; Maule: IV; Molina: IV; Parral: IV; Pelarco: IV; Pelluhue: III; Romeral: IV; San Clemente: IV; San Javier: IV; Talca: IV

Region: Biobío
Chillan: III; Chillán Viejo: III; Cobquecura: V; Conception: IV; Penco: III; Quirihue: V; San Pedro de la Paz: III; Talcahuano: IV; Tome: IV

Region: La Araucania
Angol: III; Saavedra: II


M 6.5 very strong shallow earthquake rocks Valparaiso, Chile today at 11:50 pm local time. According to preliminary report by USGS, earthquake's epicenter was located just  42 km  NNE of Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile .
People of Hacienda La Calera, Quillota,  Quilpue, Villa Alemana, La Ligua of Chile will have felt strong shaking of MMI VI.
Moderate shaking will have felt in Vina del Mar and Valparaiso region.
People of  Santiago and Rancagua will have felt light shaking.


Preliminary Epicenter Location
42 km (26 miles) NNE of Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile
81 km (50 miles) W of Los Andes, Valparaiso, Chile
101 km (62 miles) N of San Antonio, Valparaiso, Chile
112 km (69 miles) NW of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile

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