A 7.2-magnitude earthquake – plus several smaller but still significantly-sized quakes – rocked Chile Thursday morning as country was ready to swear in President-elect Sebastian Pinera.
The 7.2 earthquake struck in the central part of the country, in a zone that included Santiago, and shook the country as President-elect Sebastian Pinera and hundreds of high powered Chileans gathered for his swearing in ceremony in the capital city. The ceremony continued as planned. No news on the extent of the damage was immediately available.
Following the 7.2-magnitude quake, at least three more quakes, or “aftershocks,” shook the region. First, a 6.9-magnitude, then 6.7-magnitude, then 6.0. Go to the Latest Earthquakes in the World – Past 7 Days page of the USGS, and notice the cluster of quakes along the west coast of South America.
An 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Chile last month, killing at least 500 and devastating the affected region’s infrastructure. It was one of the strongest quakes on record globally.
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