Chile Earthquake today: Magnitude 6.3 quake hits region, aftershocks felt in Argentina
A massive earthquake has hit Chile. The US Geological Survey suggests that a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit the Chilean coast. But the tremors were not limited to the area alone, its impact was felt in far off places too.
Reports coming out from Argentina suggest that shocks were felt as far as Mendoza, located in Argentina’s Cuyo region. The US Geological Survey report suggests that the earthquake that was centered 48 miles southwest of Coquimbo, was around 20 miles below the seabed. It struck at 9:33 p.m. (0033 GMT).
While the reports about damage to properties and loss of life havenâ€™t come out from Chile as yet, reports suggest that many areas remained without power hours after the first shock hit the area.
There were also reports of rocking falls on the highway following the quake, according to Chile’s emergency office. Chile’s emergency services office said no damage to infrastructure was immediately reported and there were no indications of casualties. The navy said no tsunami alert was issued.
It must be kept in mind that Chile is highly earthquake-prone. Its central region was rocked by a powerful 8.3-magnitude quake in September 2015, but the country’s heavy investment in structural reinforcement of buildings and constant refinement of its tsunami alert system helped prevent a catastrophe.