Published On: Sun, Sep 29th, 2019

Chile earthquake: Chile hit by 7.2 magnitude quake near Santiago | World | News

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports a shallow earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck off Chile’s coast today (Sunday). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has said a tsunami is not expected. Earthquake monitoring body the USGS reported the quake was located 83 miles (134 km) west of Talca at a depth of 6.1 miles.

Chile, located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” has a long history of deadly quakes, including an 8.8-magnitude quake in 2010 off the south-central coast that triggered a tsunami that devastated coastal towns.

Hundreds of people have reported feeling the quake.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre reports a person in Constitucion as saying: “Very strong movement”.

Another person in Concepcion told the centre: “[It was] very strong, long in time, and even after two minutes, the earth seemed to move.”

A third wrote of the quake: “He felt strong and long-lasting.”

Videos posted to social media showed lights swinging as the quake hit. 

One taken from inside Arturo Merino Benitez airport showed partition windows quivering and the hanging lights swinging. 

Another uploaded from a Chilean journalist appears to show an office in the country impacted by the quake, with overhead lights swaying as the quake hit.

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