RT – April 24, 2017
The Chilean National Seismological Center says the earthquake registered 6.9 points on the Richter scale. The quake struck at a depth of 10.0 km, according to the US Geological Survey, which earlier measured the tremor at 7.1 magnitude.
Following the earthquake which struck at 6:38 pm local time, the National Emergency Office (Onemi) stopped short of ordering a precautionary evacuation along the coastal regions of Valparaiso and O’Higgins, saying the quake does not “meet the conditions necessary to generate a tsunami on the coast of Chile.”
The head of Onemi, Ricardo Toro, described the earthquake as a “medium intensity” event, stressing that the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy (SHOA) ruled out any possibility of a tsunami.