Published On: Mon, Sep 30th, 2019

Earthquakes today: Latest earthquakes as Chile coast hammered by aftershocks | World | News

Earthquakes today have emerged around the Ring of Fire in the Pacific Ocean, where some of the Earth’s most active fault lines lie. The region is known for its often dangerous seismic activity and includes some 70 percent of the planet’s volcanoes. Today activity has notably dropped, with a total of 87 earthquakes, less than the hundreds seismologists usually expect. One-eighth of the world’s earthquakes took place off the coast of Chile today, following dangerous tremors this weekend.

Over the weekend, Chile saw activity from one powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake.

The tremors touched down on the coast of the South American country on Sunday, at the city of Constitucion.

Some 38,000 people were in the range of the worst shakes, and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a green pager alert for the area.

According to them, properties in Chile would be well prepared for earthquake activity, but there is danger from secondary effects.

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The USGS said: “Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist.

“The predominant vulnerable building types are adobe block and rubble/field stone masonry construction.

“Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as liquefaction that might have contributed to losses.”

The USGS confirmed there was “a low likelihood of casualties and damage” as a result of the tremors.

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Since then, Chile has seen another nine earthquakes, the most recent of which was a magnitude-4.7.

Other regions in south and central America have experienced similar activity.

The north coast of Colombia recently felt the effects from a magnitude-5 earthquake, and Puerto Rico to the northeast over the Caribbean Sea saw some 48 minor earthquakes.

No alarms were raised for either country, as the earthquakes hit at a depth of six to 31 miles.

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What is the Ring of Fire?

Most of today’s earthquakes took place on the Ring of Fire, located in the Pacific Ocean.

The Ring of Fire is the region where the Pacific plate – the largest of the Earth’s tectonic plates – intersects with other seven.

The free-floating nature of the plates means they clash together, with tremors generated in locations where they meet.

In the ring of fire, plates crash against the fringes of the Pacific plate, generating earthquakes around the outside in a “ring”.

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