May 13, 2000 |
A strong earthquake struck northern Chile and Argentina, setting off a landslide at a copper mine that killed a miner. The temblor struck at 2:45 p.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, the Seismological Institute of the University of Chile said. The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., said the quake's magnitude was 7.0.
August 9, 1987
A strong earthquake rocked northern Chile, killing at least six people and injuring 106 others, police said. The quake triggered landslides that blocked the Pan American Highway. It was felt in Arica, a Pacific port city about 1,200 miles north of Santiago, and in nearby southern Peruvian towns. Officials said among the six killed was a 1-month-old girl whose home collapsed in the fishing village of Camarones, south of Arica.
June 24, 2001 |
A powerful earthquake shook southern Peru on Saturday, killing at least 47 people and damaging dozens of homes, churches and buildings, officials said. The quake, with a magnitude measured at up to 7.9, hit Peru at 3:30 p.m. and was felt as far as Bolivia. Twenty-one people were killed in Arequipa, Peru's second-largest city, located about 500 miles southeast of Lima, the capital, said Santiago Montenegro of Peru's Civil Defense Institute.
July 31, 1995 |
Thousands of residents poured into the streets in panic after a powerful earthquake rocked a 1,000-mile stretch of northern Chile early Sunday. At least three people were killed, and 18 were injured. But considering the strength of the 7.8-magnitude quake--centered in the Pacific Ocean 12 miles west of Antofagasta--the casualties were few and damage was minor, police said.
April 1, 2014 |
The fault that triggered a magnitude 8.2 quake off the northern Chilean coast was overdue for a significant earthquake, and an even more powerful temblor could be in store, said Rick Allmendinger, a Cornell University professor of earth and atmospheric sciences. “This segment in Chile had not broken since 1877,” said Allmendinger, a geology expert who has extensively studied the northern Chilean fault zone. “It had been quiet for an unusually long period of time.” But the 8.2 earthquake, which seismologists said struck about 950 miles north of Chile's capital, Santiago, wasn't powerful enough to release all the friction that had been built up in this zone, where the Nazca plate is sliding underneath the South America plate, Allmendinger said.
April 2, 2014 |
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Wednesday off Chile's northern coast, the second powerful temblor to hit the area in 24 hours. Tsunami warnings initially issued for Chile and Peru were canceled about 45 minutes after the quake hit shortly before midnight local time. No warnings were in place for California, the Pacific Northwest or Hawaii. Officials said the temblor's epicenter was 12 miles from the port city of Iquique, much closer than Tuesday's 8.2 quake, which was 60 miles away from that city. At least six died in Tuesday's quake, which caused minor wave action on the California coast that could continue into Thursday.