A magnitude 5.2 and, 6.1 earthquake struck San Antonio Chile on Wednesday, which caused many office buildings in the capital to sway for almost a minute, but apparently caused no major damage.

The USGS reported that the earthquake’s epicenter was the port of San Antonio, which is 132 km (82 miles) west-southwest of Santiago, Chile.

Many buildings moved around in Santiago and some people fled into the streets in fear. But chile’s emergency services office said no damages to infrastructure were immediately reported and it discounted the possibility of a tsunami.

Chile is an area where earthquakes are more prone to take place in the central region, spreading fears among residents who have bad memories of other quakes that have caused widespread destruction.
One of the more significant earthquakes was an 8.8 magnitude earthquake, which was one of the strongest ever recorded, killing an estimated 551 people, destroyed 220,00 homes and washed away docks, riverfronts, and seaside resorts. The cost to re-build stands at 30 billion, or 18 percent of its annual gross domestic product.

www.usgs.gov

Live  Update: magnitude 4.5 in San Antonio Chile, no damages or casualties reported.

 

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