Another aftershock for Chile: A mag 6.3 earthquake - 90km NW of Valparaiso
A mag 6.3 earthquake - 90km NW of Valparaiso, Chile is the 10th major quake or aftershock since yesterday's mag 8.3, the largest quake of this year.
The picture below shows almost a hundred quakes or after shocks ranging from 8.3 to 4.5 in magnitude in the last day on the northern Chilean coast.
Today's quake is the 14th major quake of the month and the 102nd of the year.
The major earthquake off the coast of Chile killed at least 10 people and forced more than a million others to evacuate.
Many coastal towns were also flooded from small tsunami waves set off by the 8.3-magnitude quake that originated in the Pacific Ocean, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The powerful quake rocked northern Chile on Wednesday night for about three minutes, causing buildings to sway in the capital city of Santiago and cutting electrical power to 240,000 households. The accompanying flooding also prompted people to run into the streets of inland cities, while others piled into cars to race to higher ground.
The massive quake shook buildings in cities as far away as Buenos Aires in Argentina.
Numerous aftershocks, including one at magnitude 7 and four at a magnitute registering higher than 6, shook the region after the initial quake.
"Once again we must confront a powerful blow from nature," Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said while addressing the nation.
This is the strongest tremor since 2010 when an 8.8-magnitude earthquake and tsunami killed more than 500 people and devastated large areas of the country, the BBC reports.
That earthquake had so much energy it altered the planet's rotation and shortened the Earth's day by a fraction of a second.
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