Very strong earthquake near the coast of Iquique, Northern Chile – impressive list of aftershocks

Last update: March 17, 2014 at 11:57 am by By

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Update 11:50 UTC : In a press report a short while ago Onemi has reported that no important damage or injuries have been reported. We, at Earthquake-report.com do consider Onemi Chile as ONE OF THE BEST Information AGENCIES IN THE WORLD. This based on speed as well as the content of their information. Below a screenshot of the impressive Geofon list of moderate, strong and very strong aftershocks after the mainshock, yesterday afternoon (local time).

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Update Monday 08:22 UTC : The Civil Defense of Northern Chile reportes a lot of broken windows. During the night a very strong aftershock rattled the area. Additionally many aftershocks are continuously felt bu the population. Yesterday’s mainshock generated a tsunami wave of 32 cm, not really dangerous for those who are not in the sea. Swimming after a strong to very strong earthquake is definitely NOT a good idea as the strong currents can kill you. Our advice : stay out of the water until the authorities tell you that it is safe to enter again.

People on the lookout for a possible Tsunami - These people are standing at a safe level (35 meter above sea level is considered as safe). Image courtesy and copyright ahoranoticias.cl

People on the lookout for a possible Tsunami – These people are standing at a safe level (35 meter above sea level is considered as safe). Image courtesy and copyright ahoranoticias.cl

Update 12:53 UTC: SHOA has canceled all remaining warnings of tsunami threat.

Update 12:49 UTC: Smalls landslides have been reported in route 5 north and also on the road to Codpa. No words on injuries or damage yet, let’s hope it stays that way.

Update 12:46 UTC: Tsunami alert has been lifted for the continental Chile, there is still an alert issued for the island of Juan Fernandez and for San Felix.
-More than 100,000 evacuated to the small tsunami threat.

Update 23:13 UTC : Onemi Chile maintains his preventive evacuation order for the coastal areas of Northern Chile

Update 22:47 UTC : We have seen NO reports of damage so far
Most important aftershocks in the epicenter area (Time is Local Chile Time) :
18:26 Tarapaca 5,1 ML
18:32 Tarapaca 4,7 ML
18:59 Tarapaca 4,3 ML
19:29 Tarapaca 5,3 ML

Update 22:29 UTC : People leaving the beaches and going uphill after a preventive evacuation has been called by Onemi Chile. Image from Red Conciencia Argentina

Image courtesy and copyright Red Conciencia Argentina

Image courtesy and copyright Red Conciencia Argentina

Update 22:21 UTC : USGS has decreased his initial Magnitude from Mw 7.0 to Mw 6.7 – With Chilean sources mentioning M 6.5, seismological agencies are now narrowing the gap

Update 22:14 UTC : The picture below shows clouds of dust generated by rockfall and landslides in Tarapaca Chile. Local sources are reporting Traffic Chaos in Iquique

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Update 22:10 UTC : New official statement from Onemi Chile : Según el Centro Sismológico de la Universidad de Chile, la magnitud del sismo fue de 6.5  Richter, a 75 Kms al Suroeste de Pisagua

Update 22:05 UTC : Official statement from Onemi Chile (contractory with USGS) – Según el Centro Sismológico de la Universidad de Chile, la magnitud del sismo fue de 6.3  Richter, a  69 Kms al Noroeste de Iquique.

Update 21:56 UTC : Based on all available data we have at the moment, earthquake-report.com expects a strong current in the sea (swimming in the sea is totally forbidden), and hopefully only slights damage. As the epicenter is in the sea we do not expect collapsed houses but surely minor damage.

Update 21:54 UTC : ONEMI Chile has ordered the preventive evacuation of the city of Tocopilla. In general people are afraid and are standing in the middle of the road.

Update 21:53 UTC : An aftershock measuring M5.7 has rattled the earthquake area

Update 21:47 UTC : A Tsunami buoy has reported a climb of 5 cm

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Update 21:42 UTC : Chile sources have now increased their initial reading of M6.3 to M6.5

Update 21:37 UTC : Official message ONEMI CHILE : SE ESTABLECE EVACUACIÓN PREVENTIVA EN EL BORDE COSTERO DE LA REGIÓN DE ARICA Y PARINACOTA Y TARAPACÁ POR SISMO DE MEDIANA INTENSIDAD (preventive evacuation of coastal areas)

Important Update : SHOA Chile reports NO tsunami risk, but a small tsunami watch is in place

Update 21:32 UTC : Landslides are reported in Tarapaca
Reported Intensities by ONEMI Chile :
Región: Arica y Parinacota
Arica : VI (strong shaking)
Región: Tarapaca
Alto Hospicio : VI
Iquique: VI
Región: Antofagasta
Quillagua: IV

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Important : This shaking map is from USGS and is based on M7.0 at a depth of 33 km

Update 21:29 UTC : Chile sources are mentioning a Magnitude of M6.3 vs initial readings of M7.0 bu USGS. The epicenter is off coast

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.7

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-03-16 17:16:31

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-03-16 21:16:31

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 20 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Offshore Tarapaca, Chile Mar 16 23:54 3.2 37 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Chile Mar 16 23:08 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Iquique, Chile Mar 16 23:08 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Offshore Tarapaca, Chile Mar 16 23:08 4.8 1 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Chile Mar 16 22:54 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Offshore Tarapaca, Chile Mar 16 22:54 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Offshore Tarapaca, Chile Mar 16 22:52 3.9 37 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Offshore Tarapaca, Chile Mar 16 22:37 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Chile Mar 16 22:37 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Offshore Tarapaca, Chile Mar 16 22:29 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Chile Mar 16 22:29 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Iquique, Chile Mar 16 22:29 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
PTWC Near The Coast Of Northern Chile Mar 16 22:26 6.7 20 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Offshore Tarapaca, Chile Mar 16 21:59 4.3 2 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Chile Mar 16 21:59 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Offshore Tarapaca, Chile Mar 16 21:35 4.7 13 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Chile Mar 16 21:35 4.7 13 MAP I Felt It
USGS Iquique, Chile Mar 16 21:26 5.1 35 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Chile Mar 16 21:26 5.0 22 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Offshore Tarapaca, Chile Mar 16 21:26 5.1 40 MAP I Felt It
PTWC Near The Coast Of Northern Chile Mar 16 21:23 7.0 33 MAP I Felt It
  • Iquique - Fuerte sismo grado 7
  • San Pedro de Atacama - Sitting in bed and felt the building shake and saw slight movement in the curtains and bed frame. No damage
  • Antofagasta - This was my first earthquake since living in Chile for the past month. I was in my classroom and we felt the ground shake and the projector was shaking as well. It lasted for about 2 minutes.
  • WCATWC Near Coast Of Northern Chile Mar 16 21:18 7.0 33 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Tarapaca, Chile Mar 16 21:17 7.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Iquique, Chile Mar 16 21:17 7.0 33 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Iquique, Chile Mar 16 21:16 7.0 35 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Iquique, Chile Mar 16 21:16 6.7 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Chile Mar 16 21:16 6.7 15 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Tarapaca, Chile Mar 16 21:16 6.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Off Coast Of Tarapaca, Chile Mar 16 07:56 3.4 41 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Off Coast Of Tarapaca, Chile Mar 16 05:31 3.0 40 MAP I Felt It INFO


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