Deadly earthquake near the coast of central Chile (Coquimbo / La Serena) - January 20, 2019

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Update 12:29 UTC:  Carlos Robles, our Latin American volunteer, has updated the damage numbers.
** 2 people killed
** 20 people displaced
** 180 houses destroyed
** 287 houses and/or building damages

A limited number of houses were damaged in the La Serena region where the shaking intensity was at its strongest .
2 people were unfortunately killed due to heart attacks (secondary deaths).
We have seen no reports of injured people.

Shaking maps of this earthquake

Shaking impact on nearby cities and villages and on the population in MMI (Modified Mercalli scaled).

This is a subduction type earthquake.
Subduction zones occur when one plates is composed of oceanic crust. The denser Nazca plate subducts beneath the less dense South American plate. The plate being forced under has tendency to hang and suddenly breaks by the incremental stress.

Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, calls this earthquake extremely dangerous and expects injuries and serious damage

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2019-01-20 01:32:49

Depth (Hypocenter) : 59 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Near Coast Of Central Chile Jan 20 09:23 4.6 10 MAP
USGS Coquimbo, Chile Jan 20 09:23 4.5 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • La Serena - Moderate shaking
  • USGS Coquimbo, Chile Jan 20 07:39 4.0 61 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Coquimbo, Chile Jan 20 04:59 4.4 57 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Coquimbo, Chile Jan 20 02:36 4.3 53 MAP I Felt It INFO
    PTWC Jan 20 01:39 6.8 0 MAP
    USGS Coquimbo, Chile Jan 20 01:32 6.7 53 MAP
    USGS Coquimbo, Chile Jan 20 01:32 6.8 54 MAP
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Central Chile Jan 20 01:32 6.6 59 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Valporaiso - No damage, lasted maybe a minute
  • Mendoza - Weak shaking
  • Santiago, lo barnechea - Lsted about 30 seconds
  • Santiago - Light shaking
  • Valparaíso - Weak shaking
  • Santiago - It lasted approximately two minutes. Strong shaking in a high-rise. No damages.
  • Santiago - Light shaking
  • Santiago - 30 seconds to one minute. No damage but we moved outside just in case
  • santiago - lasted maybe 10 seconds from 17th fl at the mercure hotel santiago.
  • santiago - about 30 seconds or more
  • Santiago - Light shaking
  • Santiago - 60 seconds
  • Mendoza - We are on the 15th floor of the Sheraton in Mendoza. Felt light shaking and swaying, and heard building and ductwork creaking.
  • Santiago - 10 sec wine glasses and lamps shaking
  • Santiago - My partner detected movement I didn't! She pointed out very slight swinging of the mugs hanging on the cup hooks and about 10 seconds later there was a clear jolt that lasted a second or 2. Total duration maybe 20 secs.
  • Santiago - 2 minutes
  • La serena - fue un terremoto aquí en chile, la serena en sector las compañías en este momento cuidad de la serena se encuentra sin energía eléctrica en nuestro sector aun mentemos los servicios básicos funcionado si hay gran conmoción en la calle especial aquí es verano las playas están siendo evacuadas por las autoridades ya que cabe la posibilidad de que produzca un tsunami funciono las alertas telefónicas saludos cordiales María Correa Velásquez y Cristian Valderrama correa
  • Mendoza - We were on the 20th floor of the Diplomatic Hotel in Mendoza and felt the building lightly swaying for a couple minutes.
  • Vina del Mar - In bed. Small lateral motion. 2 seconds.
  • Vina del Mar - Around 10:30 local time. In restaurant at street level. First seconds were up and down followed by strong lateral motion for about 20- 30 seconds. Nothing fell from shelves but lights swayed. Many people left restaurant onto street.
  • La Serena - We stayed 8th floor of an old hotel. We felt light shaking for 1-2 second and then sudden strong one made anything in my room messy.

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    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.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    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.
    Structures :
    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.
    Fittings :
    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.
    Fittings :
    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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