Saturday, February 12, 2011

Central Chile Jolted by Earthquake of 6.8-magnitude; No Danger of Tsunami

CAUQUENES, Chile - Central Chile jolted by an earthquake of 6.8-magnitude; about 30 miles (45 kilometers) north of the city of Concepcion. The epicentre was comparatively close to the coast, at 36 degrees south latitude and 73 degrees west longitude. 

People rushed to the higher places to be safe from possible Tsunami as it happened last year on Feb. 27; when an earthquake of 8.8-magnitude stuck almost exactly the same place followed by Tsunami which ruined coastal communities. 

No loss of life was reported; although skyscrapers trembled in the capital of Santiago, and in the central town of Cauquenes, mothers ran into the streets carrying babies in their arms.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera appealed for calm and admired his government and people in general for responding quickly and effectively.

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