Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - El Loa, 41 km southeast of San Pedro de Atacama, Provincia de El Loa, Antofagasta, Chile, on Friday, August 3, 1962 at 08:56 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - El Loa, 41 km southeast of San Pedro de Atacama, Provincia de El Loa, Antofagasta, Chile, on Friday, August 3, 1962 at 08:56 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake at 125 km depth

Date & time: Aug 3, 1962 08:56:20 UTC
Magnitude: 6.8
Depth: 124.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 23.167°S / 67.914°W (El Loa, Antofagasta, Chile)
Antipode: 23.167°N / 112.086°E
Nearest volcano: Hecar (18 km / 11 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
41 km (25 mi) SE of San Pedro de Atacama (pop: 2,000) --> See nearby quakes!
130 km (81 mi) SE of Calama (pop: 143,100) --> See nearby quakes!
259 km (161 mi) ENE of Antofagasta (pop: 309,800) --> See nearby quakes!
263 km (164 mi) ESE of Tocopilla (pop: 24,500) --> See nearby quakes!
267 km (166 mi) WSW of Villazon (Modesto Omiste, Potosí, Bolivia) (pop: 30,300) --> See nearby quakes!
290 km (180 mi) WNW of Jujuy (Argentina) (pop: 305,900) --> See nearby quakes!
301 km (187 mi) WNW of Palpala (Jujuy, Argentina) (pop: 48,200) --> See nearby quakes!
312 km (194 mi) NW of Salta (Argentina) (pop: 512,700) --> See nearby quakes!
374 km (233 mi) WSW of Tarija (Bolivia) (pop: 159,300) --> See nearby quakes!
402 km (250 mi) SE of Iquique (Tarapacá) (pop: 227,500) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1015 joules (278 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2.4 x 105 tons of TNT or 14.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.8125 kmAntofagasta, ChileUSGS
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