Earthquake : A Powerful Earthquake

1694 Words Sep 17th, 2015 7 Pages
A powerful earthquake occurred just off the coast of central Chile during Wednesday evening local time and has produced a tsunami over the Pacific basin.
The quake is the third most powerful earthquake in five years to strike the South America nation.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake registered magnitude 8.3, at 7:54 p.m. local time (4 p.m. PDT) on Wednesday. The quake lasted for approximately three minutes.
WATCH: Deadly 8.3 Earthquake Rocks Shoppers in Santiago, Chile

The temblor occurred 46 km (28 miles) west of Illapel, Chile, and 229 km (142 miles) northwest of Santiago, Chile 's capital. It occurred as the result of thrust faulting on the interface between the Nazca and South America plates in central Chile, the USGS said.
At least 10 people were killed as a result of the quake, according to the BBC. One million Chileans were evacuated due to tsunami warnings. The tsunami warnings in the immediate area have been canceled.

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Rescue and Recovery Weather Ideal, but Aftershock Risk Continues
Officials are citing preparedness and strict building codes in many areas for the low number of fatalities, despite the massive quake.
Dry conditions across much of Chile, including near where the earthquake occurred, will not hinder cleanup and recovery efforts, AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root said.
"Dry weather will continue for the next few days including Chile 's Independence Day on…
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