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Strong Quake Strikes ATACAMA, CHILE

Posted by feww on March 27, 2010

Earthquake Measuring up to 6.5Mw Strikes ATACAMA, CHILE

Strong earthquake measuring up to 6.5Mw struck ATACAMA, Northern Chile at a depth of about 45km on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 14:52 UTC.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Earthquake Location

The shock occurred about 62km (38 miles) north of the epicenter of a  magnitude 8.5 quake that struck immediately north of Vallenar at a depth of  25 km  on November 11 1922, AND 900km north of the 8.8Mw quake that struck near the coast of Chile on February 2010, which triggered a deadly tsunami that paralyzed the country and left at least 507 people dead and up to a million homeless.

Summary of Earthquake Details:

  • Maximum Magnitude: 6.5Mw (Fire-Earth Estimate)
  • Region ATACAMA, CHILE
  • Date time 2010-03-26 at 14:52:05.9 UTC
  • Location 27.99ºS ; 70.81ºW
  • Depth: ~ 45km
  • Distances
    • 81 km SW Copiapó (pop 129,280 ; local time 10:52 2010-03-26)
    • 65 km NW Vallenar (pop 44,895 ; local time 10:52 2010-03-26)
    • 225 km NNE of Coquimbo, Chile
    • 605 km N of SANTIAGO, Chile


Location Map – USGS – Enhanced by FEWW.


Political Map of Chile with the earthquake location marked.

Historic Earthquakes in Chile

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Santiago, Chile: Satellite Images

Posted by feww on March 1, 2010

Santiago From Space

Satellite Images of Santiago Before and After the M8.8 Megaquake Struck

After: Image acquired by NASA MODIS on February 27, 2010

Large image (27 Feb) available here.   

Before: Image acquired on February 23

Large image (23 Feb) available here

AFTER: Collapsing buildings and fires caused by the megaquake may have been responsible for the black smoke and dust that hung over Santiago, Chile after the 8.8-magnitude event occurred at Dichato, Chile on February 27, 2010.

BEFORE: The lower image was taken 4 days earlier under clear-sky conditions. 
Image Credit: NASA

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Llaima Volcano Erupts Explosively

Posted by feww on April 5, 2009

Chile’s Llaima volcano, one of the largest and most active volcanoes in South America erupts again!

Llaima volcano erupted again spewing lava and ash in southern Chile and prompting evacuations and landslide hazard warnings.


Llaima Volcano erupts. Reuters photo dated April 5, 2009. Image may be subject to copyright.


Llaima Volcano erupts. Reuters photo dated April 5, 2009. Image may be subject to copyright.

The 3,125-meter-high Llaima volcano spewed smoke and ash about 600 meters into the air with lava flowing about 1,000 meters down the volcano.

The eruption melted the snow around the crater, raising the possibility of flooding and mudslide and prompting the officials to evacuate the nearby villages.

The risk of mud avalanches is high, the officials said, which may cause the Calbuco River to rise.

Llaima volcano, whose last significant eruption occurred in July 2008, is located about 600 kilometers south of the Chilean capital, Santiago.


Llaima Volcano erupts. Source: Periodistadigital. Image may be subject to copyright.


Llaima Volcano, Chile. [Dated 6 December 2004 ?] This file is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0. Credit: Jespinos

Excerpts from Reuters report:

It said an ash-swollen river near the volcano had swept away a pedestrian bridge, but there was no other damage. Bright red bursts of lava were visible in the night sky as Llaima erupted.

The office said on its website that there were “permanent explosions that reach 600 metres (650 yards) above the crater. Falling ash is visible and … a flow of lava of more than 1,000 metres (1,100 yards) has been observed.”

Chile’s chain of some 2,000 volcanoes is the world’s second-largest after Indonesia. Some 50 to 60 are on record as having erupted, and 500 are potentially active.

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Buried in Lahar

Posted by feww on February 28, 2009

Lahar Burying Chaitén Town, Chile


A view shows a destroyed house at the flooded Chaiten town located some 1,220 km (758 miles) south of Santiago February 26, 2009. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero. Image may be subject to copyright.

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