8.2-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Chilean Coast
A 6.2-magnitude aftershock rattled the coast of Chile after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off Chile’s northern region.
So far, there have been no reports of victims or damage, though there were initial reports of landslides partially blocking some roads and highways.
The earthquake struck about 60 miles offshore. Officials have evacuated some coastal areas as a precaution amid tsunami concerns.
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Chile is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries. A magnitude-8.8 quake and ensuing tsunami in central Chile in 2010 killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts.
The strongest earthquake ever recorded also happened in Chile — a magnitude-9.5 tremor in 1960 that killed more than 5,000 people.
Hundreds of earthquakes have shaken Chile's far-northern coast in the past two weeks, keeping people on edge as scientists said there was no way to tell if the unusual string of tremors was a harbinger of an impending disaster.
The unnerving activity began with a strong magnitude-6.7 quake on March 16 that caused more than 100,000 people to briefly evacuate low-lying areas, although no tsunami materialized and there was little physical damage from the shaking.