7.1 quake strikes off Chile coast near capital Santiago

RT – April 24, 2017

A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off central Chile, some 35 kilometers west of the coastal city of Valparaiso.

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.