The strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit about 85 miles off the west coast of Chile on Monday, April 24. Fortunately, the “quake-prone” nation was spared from any damage. Although the epicenter of the earthquake was quite far from land, its focus was quite shallow, thus allowing it to be felt hundred of miles away. If this earthquake had been closer to land, the 6.9 magnitude could have been responsible for much more sever damage.
The nations tsunami alarm even sounded during the earthquake since the quake hit out at sea. At one clinic just north of Valparaiso, “people ran from the facility carrying children” and some of them headed for the hills to be above sea level if a tsunami did hit. Officials soon cancelled the tsunami warning.
There were no reports of structural damage, but some cellphone networks were down.