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Update 08:15 UTC : The most recent information only show minor damage in some areas of Coquimbo. Power outages occurred in some (mainly rural) areas, while broken windows and damaged pipes were reported from the towns near the coast, for example Tongoy. Some people had to leave their houses dueto those problems, but luckily there are no major damages so far.

Update 00:20 UTC : CSN now reports a Magnitude of 6.5 (vs 6.4 before). Epicenter at 67 km from Coquimbo and very close to Tongoy. NO reports of damage at this stage of the earthquake. Assessment is going on.

Update 23:34 UTC : ONEMI Intensity values based on the data from Universidad de Chile, Santiago :
Región: Atacama
Alto del Carmen: IV, Copiapó: III, Tierra Amarilla: III and Vallenar: IV

Región: Coquimbo
Coquimbo: V, La Serena:V, Los Vilos:II, Ovalle: V and Punitaqui: IV

Región: Valparaíso
Cabildo: IV, Cartagena: III, El Quisco: III, El Tabo: III, La Ligua: IV, Los Andes: II, Quillota: IV, Quilpué : III, San Antonio: III, San Felipe: IV, Santo Domingo: III, Valparaí­so: V and Villa Alemana : III

Región: Metropolitana de Santiago
Buin: III, San Bernardo: III and Santiago: IV

Región: Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins
Machalí­: II, Navidad: V, Pichilemu: III, Rancagua: III and San Fernando: II

Región: Maule
Longaví­: III, Parral: III, Sagrada Familia: III and Villa Alegre: III

Important update 23:24 UTC : SHOA Chile reports that the conditions to generate a tsunami are NOT present in Chile ! And some more good news from ONEMI Chile who is reporting a max. shaking value of V MMI, thats a moderate shaking near the epicenter.
The map below comes from USGS who is having higher Magnitude values.

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Update 23:19 UTC : Universidad de Chile is locating the epicenter just off the coast of La Serena at a very shallow depth of 7 km. Magnitude 6.4

The epicenter is located to the south of Coquimbo and La Serena, a spot where other very strong earthquakes occurred in the recent past.
Some agencies are locating the epicenter on land, others in the coastal waters.
No widespread tsunami is expected but local coastal conditions are unsure.

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  1. 65km (40mi) SW of Coquimbo, Chile
  2. 74km (46mi) WNW of Ovalle, Chile
  3. 75km (47mi) SW of La Serena, Chile
  4. 101km (63mi) WNW of Monte Patria, Chile
  5. 369km (229mi) NNW of Santiago, Chile

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-10-31 20:03:57

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-10-31 23:03:57

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
PTWC Near The Coast Of Central Chile Oct 31 23:08 6.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
WCATWC Near Coast Of Central Chile Oct 31 23:04 6.6 9 MAP
USGS Coquimbo, Chile Oct 31 23:03 6.6 29 MAP
GEOFON Near Coast Of Central Chile Oct 31 23:03 6.5 34 MAP
EMSC Coquimbo, Chile Oct 31 23:03 6.4 10 MAP
USGS Coquimbo, Chile Oct 31 23:03 6.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Recoleta - deep shaking made us nausious
  • santiago - fue como mecedora
  • Vicuna - Aucun dégâts mais peur car pas habitue
  • Coquimbo - Casi se cae la pescera
  • mendoza - Estaba sentado y sentí un mareo muy fuerte
  • Santiago - Felt like a I was on a small boat or canoe while sittling on my couch. Light swaying left to right.
  • Recoletta - Was sitting at the table with the family when I noticed the whole floor was moving back and forth, thought for a second my husband was moving the table but then they noticed too, it was fairly strong and lasted for a good minute or so. Scary!!
  • Las Condes - first sounded like people on the upper floors where making alot of noise, but then the building began to sway, and it lasted for 20-30 seconds, curtains swayed and blinds swayed (via emsc)
  • Renaca, Vina del Mar - While standing still, I felt shaking strong enough to make me worried that it might increase suffiently to cause structural damage. My simple little basement seismograph went well off scale!
  • Santiago - Bed starting shaking in hotel room. Both me and my travel partner were shaking in both of our beds. Still have not gone outside to see any damage, if any.
  • Santiago - Sou Brasileiro, senti pela primeira vez isso...Estou em um predio...assustador
  • Santiago - Estou em um predio em santiago....assustador Sou brasileiro
  • Mendoza - No damage visible, about 10 seconds of light shaking similar to being at sea.
  • Santiago - Sou brasileira . Estou hospedada no nono andar . Estava sozinha respondendo e -mails deitada na cama quando ouvi as portas e os armários " batendo " . De repente percebi que o Predio balançava . Como se ele fosse muito frágil :Na me deu uma impressão de que o Predio era muito frágil em relação ao pequeno tremor. Este tremor deve ter durado no máximo 1 minuto, mas a sensação de somos muito frágeis em relação as catástrofes permanece.
  • La Serena - Small structural damages at a friend's house between La Serena and Coquimbo. A piece of cement fell off on the outer wall. 15-20 seconds into the quake it got a lot stronger and we thought that now we might be heading for a much bigger one. But it did not intensify further and slowly decayed. Could feel it for a good minute.
  • San Carlos - nos mareamos y las lamparas se balanceaban de norte a sur. Duró mucho tiempo
  • USGS Coquimbo, Chile Oct 31 23:03 6.6 10 MAP


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    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
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    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
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    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
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    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
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    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
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    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
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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).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    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.
    Environment :
    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).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    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.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    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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