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Chile Earthquake: 6.1-Magnitude Reminder of Last Year's Big One

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 11:39 AM

Chile was rocked by another big earthquake, this one at 6.1-magnitude, according to The Associated Press, some 10 months after an 8.3 magnitude tremor forced a million people to evacuate.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Monday's earthquake happened in the north-central area of Chile, 33.2 miles northwest of Diego de Almargo at 1:26 local time. The survey said the quake happened at a depth of 44.5 miles.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center noted that the epicenter was located in the Atacama region, 500 miles from the Chile's capital of Santiago.

Emergency service officials in the country told the AP that there were no reports of infrastructure damage or injuries. No tsunami alert was issued because of the earthquake.

There were some reports on social media about buildings being evacuated after the earthquake.


On Sept. 16, 2015, roughly a million people were evacuated after a strong 8.3-magnitude earthquake hit Chile, noted CNN. That earthquake struck off the country's coast, and triggered a tsunami alert and coastal evacuations.

An 8.8-magnitude quake in 2010 and a following tsunami killed more than 500 people and destroyed 220,000 homes, said the AP.

"The South American arc extends over 7,000 kilometers (4,350 miles), from the Chilean margin triple junction offshore of southern Chile to its intersection with the Panama fracture zone, offshore of the southern coast of Panama in Central America," the U.S. Geological Survey explains about the instability of the region.
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"It marks the plate boundary between the subducting Nazca plate and the South America plate, where the oceanic crust and lithosphere of the Nazca plate begin their descent into the mantle beneath South America. The convergence associated with this subduction process is responsible for the uplift of the Andes Mountains, and for the active volcanic chain present along much of this deformation front." 

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