A medium-strength earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale struck the north of the country at 03:15 (local time) on Wednesday, August 2. The epicenter of the earthquake was located near the border of the Coquimbo and Maule regions. Some shakes were felt in the capital, Santiago. According to the Chilean Ministry of the Interior (ONEMI), there is no risk of a tsunami and no damage or casualties have been reported thus far. Aftershocks are possible.
Chile is situated along the Nazca fault and experiences a great deal of seismic activity. Generally speaking, due to stringent building standards and earthquake-resistant construction techniques, the vast majority of earthquakes do not result in any major infrastructural damages or casualties .
Individuals in the area are advised to be prepared for aftershocks and to adhere to any advice issued by the Chilean authorities. During an earthquake, protect your head from falling debris as best you can and only attempt to evacuate if on the ground floor. After a major earthquake, check buildings for damage, including downed power lines or damaged gas lines, and evacuate until the building is declared safe.
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