Great mag. 8.2 earthquake - 79km WNW of Iquique, Chile on Tuesday, 1 April 2014
The magnitude 8.2 quakes occurred off shore the Tarapace coast, about 99 km NW of the city Iquique. A tsunami alarm was issued, and the coastal areas were evacuated. Fortunately, no large tsunami was triggered by the quake (which would have had the power to generate one).
Earthquake waves are fast, but still take time: This is the seismic signal showing the Chile's earthquake waves arriving at one of Etna's seismic stations approx. 7000 miles (11,000 km) away. It took the (fastest P-waves) about 30 minutes to travel almost half of the globe after the quake occurred.
At least 5 people were reported dead and significant damage has occurred in the coastal towns, but much less than what could have been expected had the quake occurred under land or closer to the coast.
According to the German magazine "Focus" 300 prisoners used the chaos resulting from the quake to escape.
Numerous aftershocks have been occurring including a strong magnitude 7.6 quake. Many more aftershocks will likely occur during the coming weeks and months.
Great mag. 8.2 earthquake - 95km NW of Iquique, Chile on Tuesday, 1 April 2014Date & time: Tuesday, 1 April 2014 23:46 UTC
Data for same earthquake as reported from other agencies
|Heure||Mag. / Depth||Location||Source|
|Tue, 1 Apr 2014|
|Tue, 1 Apr 23:46 UTC||M 8.1 / 34 km||Near Coast of Northern Chile||GFZ|
|Tue, 1 Apr 23:46 UTC||M 8.0 / 33 km||OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE||EMSC|
|Tue, 1 Apr 23:46 UTC||M 6.9 / 10 km||null||GeoAu|
|Tue, 1 Apr 23:46 UTC||M 8.2 / 20 km||NW of Iquique, Chile||GeoAu|
|Tue, 1 Apr 23:46 UTC||M 8.2 / 20 km||Peru||IGP|
"I felt it" reports:
Iquique, Chile / MMI VIII (Severe shaking): Fue largo
Sanford, Florida / MMI VIII (Severe shaking): It was prefaced by many small quakes in the days preceding it. I was in the lobby of the Terrado hotel located in Iquique Chile. The experience was quite eye opening. The about 24 hours later another one hit. That was the time the decision was made to leave the city.
La Paz, Bolivia (450 km NE from epicenter) [Map] / MMI IV (Light shaking): Even the bed mattress (with no casters) moved. We could feel the building swaying - we live on the 7th floor. No damage to the building structure.
uniao de vitoria (2146.7 km ESE from epicenter) [Map] / MMI II (Very weak shaking): well just a small shake at the 14th floor of our office building
San Francisco California / MMI II (Very weak shaking): Sitting on couch, start feeling mild wavy shaking. Said to husband "we're having an earthquake" and looked at phone for time and it was 4:48pm.
Taylors, South Carolina / MMI II (Very weak shaking): I felt the house shake while my family and I were eating dinner.
Arequipa, Peru (368.6 km NNW from epicenter) [Map] / MMI IV (Light shaking): Between "Light Shaking" and "Moderate Shaking". Slow but heavy sideways vibration lasting several minutes.
Vitacura, Santiago, Chile (1527.6 km S from epicenter) [Map] / MMI IX (Violent shaking)
calama / MMI IV (Light shaking)
(Puerto Rico) (4236 km N from epicenter)(no details): We did not feel the earthquake. However, the quake alarm activated for about one second. (via EMSC)
Nuestra Señora de La Paz (Bolivia) (458 km NE from epicenter)(no details): It seemed the ground barely swinging north-south (via EMSC)
(Chile) (1522 km S from epicenter)(no details): The lamps moved around. We are 1500 km from epicenter (via EMSC)
Las Condes (Chile) (1517 km S from epicenter)(no details): Lying on the floor and felt it wobble and the building was swaying and the doors swinging slightly! (via EMSC)
Nuestra Señora de La Paz (Bolivia) (458 km NE from epicenter)(no details): It seemed ground barely swinging north-south (via EMSC)