Earthquake near Iquique causes Power Outage and Rock Slides
A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale was reported near Iquique at 3:20 pm this afternoon. Reports from both the U.S. Geological Survey and Chile’s Centro Sismólogico Nacional place the quake 97 km (60 miles) WNW of Iquique at a depth of 6 km.
Twitter users in the area ‘tweeted’ that southern parts of the city were without power. Onemi reported that 22,500 customers were without service but stated that service was fully restored within 32 minutes.
Onemi also stated that the quake caused no disruption to basic services or infrastructure and there were no reports of injuries. According to the Onemi website this event does not meet the conditions that would generate a tsunami.
Since March 16 there has been a lot of seismic activity in the area with more than 300 seismic events being recorded, 28 of those have been felt by residents with seven having been classed as medium intensity.
According to one Twitter user, @dixon_vergara, today’s event caused rock slides near Iquique. Since this earthquake there have been four additional tremors felt throughout the region.
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