Archives For Earthquake

Published time: April 03, 2014 03:02

Edited time: April 03, 2014 04:31

A cameraman records near cars caught under rubble after an earthquake and tsunami hit the northern port of Iquique April 2, 2014. (Reuters / Ivan Alvarado)

A cameraman records near cars caught under rubble after an earthquake and tsunami hit the northern port of Iquique April 2, 2014. (Reuters / Ivan Alvarado)

A 7.6-magnitude aftershock has rocked the same area of northern Chile where a massive 8.2 earthquake struck on Tuesday. The earlier quake, which caused a tsunami, killed six people and forced almost one million others to evacuate.

The Wednesday quake occurred just before 02:43 GMT off the northern coast of Chile, 19 km (14 miles) south of Iquique, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter of the latest quake was located at a shallow depth of 40 km (24.9 miles).

Chile’s emergency ministry has ordered a preventative evacuation along the northern Chilean coastline.

However there have been no official reports of damage or injury in Chile or Peru, according to Reuters.

A tsunami warning issued for Chile and Peru has been canceled, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected,” it said earlier. However minor tsunami waves did hit the northern coast of the country.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has been evacuated from the Arica coast, local media has reported.

Aftershocks measuring magnitudes of 5.6 and 5.8 occurred after the 7.6 quake, according to the USGS. Both were located around 70 to 75 km (43 to 46 miles) southwest of Inquique.


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Another strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 6.4, also struck 47 km (29 miles) west of Iquique at around 01:58 GMT Wednesday evening.

This comes one day after an 8.2 magnitude quake hit 95 km (59 miles) northwest of the same area, around Iquique.

After Tuesday’s quake, tsunami warnings spurred the evacuation of 900,000 people and 11 hospitals along the coastline, government officials said.

At least six people died following the quake, Chile’s Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said. Many of the victims died from heart attacks or falling debris.


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An 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday, generating a tsunami, authorities said.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake, which hit at at 6:46 p.m. local time, was centered some 60 miles northwest of Iquique at a depth of 12.5 miles.

It had previously put the magnitude at 8.0 and the depth at 6.2 miles.

Chile’s National Emergency Office tweeted Tuesday night that it was asking everyone to evacuate the South American nation’s coast.

CNN Chile broadcast video of people in Antofagasta, a port city, walking through the streets as traffic piled up in some places. They appeared to be calm.

A tsunami warning was in effect for Chile, Peru and Ecuador.

A tsunami watch was issued for Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

“Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. It may have been destructive along coasts near the epicenter and could also be a threat to more distant coasts,” the center said in its evaluation.

Tsunami waves of more than 6 feet generated by the earthquake had already washed ashore on the coast of Pisagua, Chile, according to Victor Sardino with the center.

The center said nearly 7-foot waves were reported in Iquique, Chile.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, although an 8.2-magnitude earthquake is capable of causing tremendous damage.

Chile is on the so-called “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Basic that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

About 500 people were killed when a 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile on February 27, 2010. That quake triggered a tsunami that toppled buildings, particularly in the Maule region along the coast.

According to researchers, the earthquake was violent enough to move the Chilean city of Concepcion at least 10 feet to the west and Santiago about 11 inches to the west-southwest.

The tsunami threat to Hawaii still was being evaluated Tuesday. The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center was working to determine the level of danger for Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California, as well as Canada’s British Columbia.

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2.4-magnitude quake centered near Dartmouth

BOSTON — An earthquake was felt in southeastern Massachusetts on Tuesday afternoon.

The US Geological Service confirmed that a 2.4-magnitude quake centered near Dartmouth occurred at 5:46 p.m.

Viewers reported feeling the rumble in Fairhaven, Mattapoisett and New Bedford.

Within minutes of the jolt, WCVB’s Facebook fans started commenting about what they felt.

Dartmouth earthquake map

“Jumped off the couch it was so loud in Acushnet,” Lori Souza commented on Facebook.

“Heard a rumble then a boom in Fairhaven,” wrote Nancy Vigeant.

“Felt it in the far north end of New Bedford. I thought the dogs were running around but they were laying still on the floor,” said Greg Cormier.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

1.9 magnitude quake reported near New Bedford

BOSTON —If you think you felt the ground rumble a little bit in southeastern Massachusetts Thursday, you weren’t imagining it.

According to the Weston Observatory, a 1.9 magnitude quake about seven miles northeast of New Bedford occurred at 10:52 a.m.

Several WCVB Facebook fans said they felt it.

“In Fairhaven, my whole house shook and a loud boom. Thought someone crashed into my house,” one fan said.

“Thought something blew up in basement at work. Heard boom and felt a shake that lasted a second or two,” another Facebook fan.

“It felt like a truck hit my house … Then like a low rumble … Def didn’t think it was an earthquake…. Prob cuz I’ve never felt one,” another Facebook fan said.

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View of the collapsed section of the Ensenada-Tijuana highway in Baja California, Mexico, Saturday.

By Alastair Jamieson, Staff writer, NBC News

A 300-yard section of scenic highway near the U.S. border collapsed Saturday, sinking up to 300 feet and forcing the closure of the route, according to reports.

Mexico’s federal highway authority says the collapse occurred about 58 miles south of the border city of Tijuana, according to The Associated Press. The road leads to the port city of Ensenada, on the Baja California peninsula.

The agency said it came after several earlier small earthquakes, ranging in magnitude from 1.3 to 4.3, combined with recent heavy rainfall, the AP reported.

The road had already seen evidence of fractures and sinking in recent days, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune report which said the small fractures suddenly turned into enormous cracks on the cliffside in the early hours of Saturday, plunging the highway deeper and toward the sea, with some parts caving almost 300 feet.

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View of the collapsed section of the Ensenada-Tijuana highway in the Mexican state of Baja California, Saturday.

The Union-Tribune said the incident happened at the Salsipuedes stretch of highway toward Ensenada overlooking steep bluffs, only about 10 miles north of Ensenada and the San Miguel toll booth, and 56 miles south of the border.

Travelers are being diverted along an older, toll-free road further inland.

There were no victims reported and the highway will likely be closed for the next few weeks, authorities said.

Ensenada is home to the third busiest cruise ship terminal in Mexico and gateway to the rest of Baja by the sea, the Union-Tribune said.

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2.5 magnitude quake reported near ConcordMA

Manchester NH

People from dozens of towns reported feeling an earthquake in central New Hampshire around 9:07 p.m. Thursday.

Residents from Hopkinton to Franklin to Laconia — and several towns in between — reported feeling the ground shaking.

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The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 2.5, according to the Weston Observatory. It was centered 11 miles west-northwest of Concord and three miles northwest of Contoocook.

No damage has been reported.

Dr. John Ebel, director of the Weston Observatory, said this is considered a “small event with low likelihood of any aftershocks.”

The U.S. Geological Survey, which usually provides information about earthquakes, has limited operations because of the federal government shutdown. They were not able to immediately provide information.