Very strong shallow earthquake (aftershock) in Bio Bio, Chile

Landscape near epicenter - Panoramio image courtesy Enrique Neira -

FINAL UPDATE 06:46 PM UTC : After screening our different sources in Chile, NO damage or injuries have been reported.

UPDATE 06:46 PM UTC : Onemi statement :
Preliminarmente no se reportan daños a personas, alteración a servicios básicos o infraestructura producto de este sismo.
translation : So far NO damage to residencial houses or common infrastructure like electricity, roads, water.
So far NO injuries have been reported.

UPDATE 06:35 PM UTC : At 01:58 PM local time the Northern part of the country was shaken by a magnitude 4.6 quake. The hypocenter was detected at a depth of 70.6 km. Max. MMI values were following Chilean Onemi IV.  The epicenter of the quake was 34 km  SE of Caldera.

UPDATE 06:15 PM UTC : People living in Lebu and Temuco are reporting a heavy shaking.

UPDATE 06:13 PM UTC : Chile local press is only giving the ONEMI mmi values and has no word yet from local correspondents.

UPDATE 05:36 PM UTC : Epicenter (if confirmed) is only a couple of km from Los Alamos. Los Alamos has a population of 18,632 (latest census).
Los Alamos is a town in the Chile Arauco Province, Biobío Region

UPDATE 05:32 PM UTC : So far USGS has received Felt reports with a max. value of V MMI from approx. 50 km from the epicenter.

UPDATE 05:26 PM UTC : Although ONEMI Chile is reporting max. MMI values of V, we want to share also the theoretical USGS values with our readers.
16,000 people are expected to experience a VII shaking (very strong shaking)
60,000 people are expected to experience a VI shaking (strong shaking)
351,000 people are expected to experience a V shaking (moderate shaking)
2,466,000 people are expected to experience a IV shaking (light shaking)

UPDATE 05:16 PM UTC : ONEMI Chile (emergency services Chile) has calculated that this earthquake will lead to the following MMI values for the different locations in the earthquake area.
Región del Maule:
Parral: IV Grade
Linares: III Grade
Cauquenes y Romeral: II Grade

Región del Biobío:
Concepción, Cañete, Los Álamos y San Pedro de La Paz: V Grade
Curanilahue, Hualpén, Laja: IV Grade
Lebu, Nacimiento y Penco: IV Grade
Cabrero, Chiguayante y Coronel: IV Grade
Los Ángeles, Santa Bárbara y Yumbel: IV Grade
San Rosendo, Talcahuano, Tirúa y Tomé: IV Grade
Florida: III Grade

La Araucanía:
Angol, Padre las Casas y Temuco: V Grade
Renaico, Saavedra, y Toltén: V Grade
Curacautí­n: III Grade

MMI (Modified Mercalli Scale) explanations - II and III: Weak shaking, IV Light shaking, V Moderate shaking, VI Strong shaking, VII Very Strong shaking

UPDATE 05:08 PM UTC : 3-dimensional view of the earthquake area (USGS epicenter location)

UPDATE 04:58 PM UTC : EMSC is reporting a magnitude of 5.3 at a depth of 6 km.
Universidad de Chile is reporting a magnitude of 5.5 at a depth of 26.7 km.

Original article
Strong very shallow aftershock below the continent and very close to Los Alamos.
It was a while ago that powerful aftershocks did strike this February 27 2010 massive earthquake area.
Chile houses are very well build and need normally more than Magnitude 6 to be at risk for damage.
However today's earthquake is very shallow.
25 km (15 miles) E of Lebu, Bio-Bio, Chile
VI MMI expected near the epicenter.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 5.6
UTC time : Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 16:11:38 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 01:11:38 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 13.6 km satellite map + I Did Feel It form
Geo-location(s) :
25 km (15 miles) E of Lebu, Bio-Bio, Chile
90 km (55 miles) SSW of Concepcion, Bio-Bio, Chile
95 km (60 miles) W of Los Angeles, Bio-Bio, Chile

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS impact on population map
USGS Seismic hazard map
LIVE SEISMOGRAM (nearest Seismograph station)

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