Chile earthquake: Magnitude 5.1 quake ROCKS Coquimbo region on Ring of Fire


The tremors took place shortly before 11pm GMT with a magnitude of 5.1 and a depth of 18.4 km. The moderate earthquake which saw buildings damaged is just one of many that the country has experienced in the past week. The earthquake was located in the Coquimbo Region of Chile in the deadly ‘Ring of Fire’ region which is known for its earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Earlier today another earthquake struck Azangro on the Bolivian border which was also felt in Chile.

The USGS said there were no casualties or damage to buildings.

This week the country has seen over five earthquakes which range from medium magnitude-5.0 to high magnitude-4.0 events.

Each event was too deep to cause any surface damage and were not a concern to the USGS.

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The other earthquakes which took place this week were recorded at 4.9, 4.6 and 4.4 on the Richter scale with the worst one striking at a depth of 67 miles.

Most of the larger earthquakes in South America usually occur in shallow depths of 0 to 70 km.

Earthquakes and volcanoes are commonplace in Chile with country being forced to spend more than £6 billion on disaster relief.

The country is currently facing a natural disaster with serious forest fires igniting during the summer.

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