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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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