Very strong but deep earthquake with magnitude 6.2 struck Tarapaca, Chile on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:00 UTC according to USGS. Epicenter was 66 km (41 miles) ENE of Tacna, Peru (17.816°S, 69.749°W); border area of Southern Peru and Northern Chile. Recorded depth was 98.3 km (61.1 miles).
The earthquake occurred at 06:00 AM local time during the early morning hours when a lot of people are still asleep. This is always a bad period for earthquakes. On the positive side is that daylight will have started. We have NO reactions from the area as of yet. We call upon our readers from the area to at least give us a few more details on the time that the strong shaking lasted.
Universidad de Chile (to be trusted highly) reports a Magnitude of Ml6.4 at a hipocenter depth of 119.6 km.. Universidad de Chile Santiago, is putting the epicenter close to Tacna, Peru.
Theoretical calculations (based on USGS data) have reported that 295,000 people will have experienced a MMI V moderate shaking. 1.9 million people a light shaking and 2.24 million people a weak to very weak shaking.
|Depth||98.3 km (61.1 miles)|
|Distances||66 km (41 miles) ENE of Tacna, Peru|
107 km (66 miles) NE of Arica, Tarapaca, Chile
143 km (88 miles) ESE of Moquegua, Peru
1745 km (1084 miles) N of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile
|Location Uncertainty||horizontal +/- 12.4 km (7.7 miles); depth +/- 3.4 km (2.1 miles)|
|Parameters||NST=606, Nph=638, Dmin=146.9 km, Rmss=1.17 sec, Gp= 22°,|
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=E
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