An earthquake of a magnitude 7.1 hit 22 miles off of the west coast of Chile, near Santiago, the capital of Chile at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles below the sea, and about 85 miles. Chile is also well adverse with deadly earthquakes. There had been two significant aftershocks of 5.0 and 5.4.
A magnitude 7.1 quake is considered major and is capable of causing widespread and heavy damage, but the effects of this one would have been tempered because it was offshore.
Fortunately, there seems to be no immediate damage yet, but there are still some ongoing assessments taking place. There had been talk of ,mobile networks being down, but that is to be expected.
Thankfully there have been no reports of any deaths or many injuries.
Chilean authorities had initially ordered a preventive evacuation of the coastal area near Valparaíso, in the off chance of a tsunami, but canceled it shortly afterwards.
The order of a preventive evacuation caused alarm to the people of Chile and stayed with them even after the cancelation of it.
There have also been reports on some landslides in a few places.