Very Strong earthquake near the central coast of Chile – NO tsunami expected by SHOA

Last update: August 25, 2014 at 2:56 am by By

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Update August 24, 02:44 UTC: Two injuries have been officially reported due to this earthquake.

Update 02:44 UTC: One worker was injured in the port of Valparaiso, this has been the only confirmed report of injuries so far.

Update 00:22 UTC: Unconfirmed reports of injured children due to a landslide in route to Catapilco.

Update 00:10 UTC: 90% of power service has been restored.

          Update 00:04 UTC: Universidad de Chile has increased the magnitude from M6.2 to 6.4.

Update 00:00 UTC: Landslides have been reported between Quintero and Puchuncaví.

Update 23:48 UTC: Unclear and unconfirmed number of injuries have been reported in a mall in San Antonio due to falling ceiling.

Update 23:43 UTC : 100,000 people have lost power in the Metropolitan Area

Update 23:39 UTC : Below the LIVE CNN show at the moment of the quake

Update 23:24 UTC – There are reports of landslides in Region V – The image below shows what happens if such a strong earthquake hits your house !

Image courtesy and copyright Jaime Valdes

Image courtesy and copyright Jaime Valdes

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Update 23:10 UTC : Hundreds of people blocked in elevators ! We also reports of mass panic in a mall in Vina del Mar

Important Update 23:08 UTC : Universidad de Chile Santiago has now decreased the Magnitude from 6.4 to Ml 6.2 at a depth of 41 km. These numbers are sounding a lot better than the initial ones.
Intensities as reported by ONEMI Chile :
Región: Coquimbo – Canela: IV, Los Vilos: V

Región: Valparaíso – Algarrobo: V, Cabildo: VI,  Calera: VI,  Calle Larga: V,  Cartagena: V,  Casablanca: VI,  Catemu: V, Concón: VI,  El Quisco: V, El Tabo:V, Hijuelas:VI,
Juan Fernández:VI, La Cruz:VI,  La Ligua:VI, Limache : VI, Llaillay:V, Los Andes:V, Nogales:VI, Olmué :VI, Panquehue:V, Papudo:VI, Petorca:VI, Puchuncaví­: VI, Putaendo: V, Quillota: VI, Quilpué :VI, Quintero: VI, Rinconada:V, San Antonio:V, San Esteban:V, San Felipe:V, Santa María:V, Santo Domingo:V, Valparaí­so:VI, Villa Alemana : VI, Viña del Mar: VI and Zapallar: VI

Región: Metropolitana de Santiago – Buin:VI, Calera de Tango:VI,  Colina:VI,  Curacaví­:VI,  El Monte:VI,  Isla de Maipo:VI, Lampa :VI, María, Pinto:V, Melipilla:V, Padre Hurtado:VI, Paine:V, Peñaflor:VI, Puente Alto:VI, San Bernardo:VI, Santiago:VI, Talagante:VI, Tiltil:VI

Región: Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins
Bucalemu:V
Mostazal:VI
Navidad:VI
Paredones:V
Pichilemu:VI
Placilla:VI
Rancagua:VI
San Fernando:VI

Región: Maule
Colbún:V
Constitución:V
Curicó:V
Duao:IV
Iloca:IV
Linares:V
Longaví­:V
Molina:IV
Parral:IV
Pelarco:V
Pencahue:II
Rí­o Claro:IV
Romeral:V
Sagrada Familia:V
San Clemente:IV
San Javier:IV
Talca:VII
Villa Alegre:IV

Región: Biobío
Concepción:III
Hualpén:III
Hualqui:II
Penco:II
San Pedro de la Paz:III
Talcahuano:III
Tomé:II

Región: La Araucanía
Angol:III
Collipulli:III
Renaico:III
Temuco:III

Update 23:06 UTC : SHOA is NOT expecting a tsunami

Update 23:03 UTC : USGS has now increased their initial M6.4 Magnitude to M6.6. This earthquake is one of the strongest along the Central Coast of Chile since a long time. Damage cannot be excluded although ER does not expect a lot of serious damage.

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Update 22:58 UTC : Mobile phone network is down due to saturation. Chileans are now requested to use TEXT MESSAGES only.

Update 22:55 UTC : We are getting reports that electrical power is down is areas of Valparaiso and Santiago

Update 22:53 UTC : Below the shaking map of this earthquake

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ONEMI Chile MMI intensities :
Región: Valparaíso
El Tabo: V
Valparaí­so: VI

Región: Metropolitana de Santiago
Santiago: VI

Región: Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins
Navidad: VI
Rancagua: VI

Región: Maule
Constitución: V
Talca: VII

Región: Biobío
Concepción: III
Hualpén: III
San Pedro de la Paz: III
Talcahuano: III

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29 km al O de Quillota

92 km NW of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,837,295 / local time: 18:32:22.4 2014-08-23
52 km NE of Valparaíso, Chile / pop: 282,448 / local time: 18:32:22.4 2014-08-23
4 km NE of Hacienda La Calera, Chile / pop: 49,106 / local time: 18:32:22.4 2014-08-23

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-08-23 18:32:22

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-08-23 22:32:22

Depth (Hypocenter) : 33 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Offshore Valparaiso, Chile Aug 23 23:28 2.9 35 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Offshore Valparaiso, Chile Aug 23 23:23 4.0 40 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Valparaiso, Chile Aug 23 23:18 3.4 44 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Offshore Valparaiso, Chile Aug 23 23:16 3.2 33 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Valparaiso, Chile Aug 23 23:02 3.7 38 MAP I Felt It
USGS Hacienda La Calera, Chile Aug 23 22:32 6.4 35 MAP I Felt It
  • Colina - We've only lived here for five months and have felt many earthquakes. This was the most aggressive and longest lasting of them all. The water in our pool came over the sides and our chandeliers were swinging for a long time afterwards.
  • EMSC Valparaiso, Chile Aug 23 22:32 6.5 40 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Central Chile Aug 23 22:32 6.4 33 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Recoletta - Very scary, The family still shaking, was a rumbling, then the buildings shaking, ground began to move too, all were out in street, as it is also raining. Worried about after shocks. Waiting to see where it was centered from.
  • Santiago - No damage at all.
  • Santiago - Shook for a good 45 seconds to perhaps a minute. Strong shaking for at least 30 of those seconds. We are on the 10th floor and building shifted for another 15 seconds after the sound of the original shaking stopped.
  • Santiago - On 15th floor of 27 story building. Just felt the building sway back and forth, for less than a minute.
  • Santiago - Voor het eerst een echte aardbeving gevoeld. We zaten te schudden op de bank. De kast en de ramen rammelden.
  • Santiago du chili - une durée de 30 secondes environ, ressenti au 15ème étage d'un hotel
  • Valle nevado - Tremor médio, tivemos que sair do restaurante!
  • Vina del Mar - 45-60 seconds of pretty serious shaking and swaying of the building
  • Concon - On the fourth floor of an apartment building. Felt moderate shaking....everything rattling.
  • Santiago - strong shaking lights out in tall buildings in neighborhood. anything loose fell. all buildings moved
  • Santiago - Estávamos no décimo terceiro andar do hotel. A cama, as vidraças e os objetos começaram a tremer.
  • Hotel El Bosque San Sebastian - Tremor moderado. A cama, objetos e as vidraças começaram a tremer.
  • Santiago - Sem danos
  • Illapel - Was sleeping. Felt house in the mountains shake, feeling was as if somebody was pushing my bed back and forth. Lasted less than a minute at 3:30am local time.
  • Vina del Mar - Everything in the kitchen broke.
  • Valparaiso - Dry wall in spots fell from walls.
  • Santiago - Felt weak at first, but suddenly got very strong. Shook the house for a good 45 - 60 seconds, tried going downstairs and was very wobbly as the house was shaking pretty bad. Family went outside where it was raining and our dog was nervous as well, very scary and quite strong shaking.
  • Valparsaiso - I live in old building and had some spots where dry wall fell and cracked pretty bad.
  • Santiago - balanco mucho mi predio, y vivo en lo 16 andar.
  • Renaca - Noisy, scarey shake with minor damage throughout the house -- and bookcases nearly completely emptied.
  • Viña del Mar - El movimiento fue horizontal y comenzó muy rápidamente. El temblor fue brusco y no dio aviso. Tengo luz de casa, pero miro a las calles céntricas y muchas se encuentran a oscuras. No entiendo por qué si el epicentro fue declarado al norte de Valparaíso, en Talca la ONEMI comunicó intensidad de VII. ¿Pueden registrarse dos epicentros simultáneos con tanta distancia entre sí? Basta mirar las gráficas de esta web, que decaen en intensidad hacia el sur...a excepción de Talca ¿POR QUÉ?
  • Viña del Mar - Temblor violento...mala cobertura mediática. Sólo se reproducen las voces oficiales que parecieran tener como propósito final el "llamado a la calma". Se habla mucho de "normalidad" y con menos de 20 minutos descartan riesgo de tsunami ¿Cómo tan rápido? Más que fomentar calma, la sensación de desinformación resulta molesta. La gente no necesita un "nanai, todo estará bien". Somos adultos y queremos información rápida, pero sobre todo precisa. Por la radio se sabe mucho más. La TV, B
  • Valle Nevado - Sentimos um tremor horizontal fuerte en el hotel Puerta del Sol, en la estacion de esqui de Valle Nevado, pero sin danos a las construcciones.
  • Santiago, Chile - noisy shaking about 8 second but no damage to property

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    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
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    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
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    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
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    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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