6.8-magnitude earthquake in South Pacific

Powerful earthquake in the S. Pacific last night. No Pacific-wide tsunami warning, and only a small tsunami wave at Easter Island. No injuries or damages.

Earthquake Oct. 8, 2014

Earthquake Oct. 8, 2014

The USGS reported a 6.8-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday night, October 8, 2014 in the South Pacific Ocean. The quake struck at 7:14 p.m. PDT. The epicenter was in the East Pacific Rise, about 350 miles (560 km) south-southwest of Easter Island and more than 2,000 miles from coastal towns in Chile. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a Pacific-wide tsunami warning, and the Chilean Navy reported only a 0.47-meter (1.5 foot) tsunami wave at Easter Island/ Isla de Pascua. There were no reports of injuries of damages from the quake.

Details of the earthquake, from USGS, follow:

Event Time
2014-10-09 02:14:32 UTC
2014-10-08 19:14:32 UTC-07:00 at epicenter

32.115°S 110.779°W

Depth=15.5km (9.6mi)

Nearby Cities
565km (351mi) SSW of Hanga Roa, Chile
3426km (2129mi) W of Lebu, Chile
3433km (2133mi) W of Ancud, Chile
3443km (2139mi) W of Chonchi, Chile
2041km (1268mi) ESE of Adamstown, Pitcairn

Bottom line: The USGS reported a 6.8 magnitude earthquake whose epicenter was in the East Pacific Rise (S. Pacific Ocean) on Wednesday night, October 8, 2014.

Deborah Byrd