100,000 people evacuated due to string of earthquakes in Chile
By John Vibes
CHILE (INTELLIHUB) — On March 16, a 6.7 earthquake hit Chile and was followed by a string of hundreds of earthquakes. 100,000 people have already been evacuated from the area.
“The situation is out of the ordinary. There’s a mix of a string of tremors and their aftershocks that make things more complex to evaluate,” Mario Pardo, deputy head of the Universidad de Chile seismology center, told the local newspaper La Tercera. “We can’t rule out a larger quake.”
“There are too many aftershocks to be only associated with the 6.7 quake. This is an anomaly that has been extensive in terms of time and persistent in terms of magnitude.” he added.
“The latest string of quakes is noteworthy because the last one happened in this seismic zone more than 130 years ago,” said Paulina Gonzalez, an expert on seismic analysis at the Universidad de Santiago. “It’s a zone where quakes should happen more often, and they haven’t in a very long time.”
Chile is one of the most earthquake prone areas on the earth. A large earthquake in Chile, in 2010, was actually strong enough to shift the earths axis. Additionally, the strongest earthquake ever recorded on Earth also happened in Chile, which was a magnitude-9.5 quake in 1960 that killed more than 5,000 people.