May 27, 2020

An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 affects part of northern Chile

An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 affected the region of Antofagasta, in the north of Chile, on Wednesday, without informing of personal misfortunes or material damages.

According to the National Seismological Center, dependent on the University of Chile, the telluric phenomenon was felt at 18.29 local time (22.29 GMT) and its epicenter was located 91 kilometers southeast of the town of Socaire, and 1643 kilometers north of Santiago .

The hypocenter, meanwhile, was located 237.8 kilometers deep.

The page of the seismological institute records in the last 24 hours a total of eleven earthquakes of magnitudes between 4.0 and 3.1.

Chile, based on the Pacific Ring of Fire, is considered one of the most seismic countries on the planet.

From the arrival of the Spaniards, when the written record began in the region in the mid-1500s, an earthquake of magnitude 8 or higher has occurred, on average, every twelve years in the country.

According to a report by the National Seismological Center (CSN), released in late January, Chile recorded 286 earthquakes sensitive to the population in 2018, a figure considerably lower than the 1,134 earthquakes of 2010, the year in which an earthquake of magnitude 8.8 and a subsequent tsunami, affected the central and southern part of the country.

According to data from the CSN, the official technical agency responsible for monitoring seismic activity in Chile, last year there were 6,793 earthquakes that were not perceived by the population, a figure similar to the 6,772 earthquakes in 2010.

Since colonial times, the South American country has had at least 80 earthquakes, which in the last 60 years alone have caused 40,735 deaths, including the deaths of the last 6.7 magnitude earthquake in the northern region of Coquimbo. on January 19.

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