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Powerful Quake Strikes Chile

Posted by feww on November 13, 2009

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Powerful Earthquake Measuring up to 6.7 Mw Strikes Offshore Chile

A powerful earthquakes measuring up to 6.7 Mw struck offshore Tarapaca, Chile about 95 km (60 miles) south of Arica, Chile at an estimated depth of 10 km on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 03:05:55 UTC.

This event occurred about 29 km north-northeast of another strong quake measuring at least 6.0 Mw that struck the area on April 17, 2009.

As of posting there were no report of damage in the area.

10-degree Map Centered at 20°S,70°W
Earthquake location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW

Tsunami Threat

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (NOAA, NWS) evaluated the event as follows:

No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data.

However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter. Authorities in the region of the epicenter should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action.

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude: 6.5 [Maximum quake magnitude estimated by FEWW at 6.7 Mw] ]
  • Date-Time:
    • Friday, November 13, 2009 at 03:05:55 UTC
    • Friday, November 13, 2009 at 12:05:55 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 19.348°S, 70.246°W
  • Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)
  • Distances:
    • 95 km (60 miles) S of Arica, Chile
    • 95 km (60 miles) N of Iquique, Chile
    • 150 km (95 miles) S of Tacna, Peru
    • 1,560 km (970 miles) N of SANTIAGO, Chile
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 6 km (3.7 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2009nyad

More on this quake as additional information become available.

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