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01 Aug 2019 | 06:44 PM UTC

Chile: 6.5-magnitude earthquake hits off O'Higgins region August 1

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A 6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of O'Higgins region on August 1; no tsunami warning immediately issued

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/1/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/2/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Santiago). COUNTRY/REGION O’Higgins

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The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 6.5-magnitude offshore earthquake approximately 101 km (63 mi) west-northwest of Santa Cruz (O'Higgins region) on Thursday, August 1. According to initial reports, the quake hit at 14:28 (local time) at a depth of 10 km (6 mi). No damages have been reported and no tsunami warning has been issued as of 14:34.

Aftershocks are possible over the coming hours and days.


Individuals near the affected areas are advised to be prepared for aftershocks and to adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves from falling debris if indoors, to move away from windows, and not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.


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