Strong earthquake with magnitude 5.9 struck Antofagasta, Chile

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Strong earthquake struck Chile again. On May 19, 2012 at 8:35 UTC magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Antofagasta, Chile. Recorded depth according to USGS was 25 km (15.5 miles). Epicenter location was 54 km (33 miles) SW of Taltal, Antofagasta, Chile (25.783°S, 70.793°W).

Universidad de Chile is reporting a magnitude of 6.1 at a depth of 37 km. 92 km al NO de Chañaral and the epicenter located approx. 40 km out of the coast.

It is currently night in Chile and the earthquake parameters are not strong enough to generate a tsunami.

All data are still preliminary.

Strongest shaking values are noticed at the following locations: Caldera : MMI VI (strong shaking); Copiapo and Tierra Amarilla, both MMI V (moderate shaking).

 

Magnitude 5.9
Date-Time
  • Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 08:35:10 UTC
  • Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 04:35:10 AM at epicenter
Location 25.783°S, 70.793°W
Depth 25 km (15.5 miles)
Region OFFSHORE ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Distances 54 km (33 miles) SW of Taltal, Antofagasta, Chile
181 km (112 miles) NNW of Copiapo, Atacama, Chile
240 km (149 miles) S of Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Chile
849 km (527 miles) N of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.2 km (8.2 miles); depth +/- 4.6 km (2.9 miles)
Parameters NST=508, Nph=530, Dmin=139.1 km, Rmss=0.97 sec, Gp= 40°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=C
Source
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usb0009tam

Featured image: Google Earth + USGS

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