September 25, 2017

Chile hit by 6.5 magnitude earthquake

Chile's beautiful Antofagasta Region - easy to understand why there are no reports of damage or injuries from such a large earthquake.

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake has struck the Antofagasta region of northern Chile today, but at this stage there are no reports of damage or injuries.

The tremor struck at 12.35pm local time, at a depth of 111km and was located 89km northeast of the city of Calama, a city of 100,000 people, the United States Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has not issued a tsunami warning, however said earthquakes of this size can create localised tsunami along coasts near the epicentre.

The Antofagasta region is home to significant copper mines. A third of the world’s copper supply comes from these mines. At this stage there are no reports of damage to the mines.

The depth of the earthquake looks to have negated the damage we would normally expect from such a large earthquake.

Still, being a miner deep underground would not be everyones first choice of where they would like to be when a big earthquake struck.