An earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale in southern Chile triggered a tsunami warning. Chilean authorities say there are no fatalities.
This 7.6 earthquake on the Richter scale was felt near Isla Grande de Chiloé in the south of the country. The nearest town is Quellón, a port city where about 25 thousand inhabitants live. The quake was recorded at 11:22 am this Sunday.
A tsunami alert was issued, which was later canceled later.
The national emergency authority, ONEMI, ordered the evacuation of the coastal areas of Araucanía, Los Ríos and Aysén. The “precautionary state” also covered the region of Biobío, but was, however, canceled. This evacuation should only be done on foot and without vehicles.
So far, there has been no mention of further damage beyond those already recorded on the region’s roads. Also, there are still no news of victims, according to ONEMI.
According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a US state agency, the waves caused by this earthquake will reach the coast of Chile at intervals of five to 60 minutes. According to the same agency, the waves will reach Corral (scheduled time for 12h22 local), Gulf of Penas (12h31), Talcahuano (12h48) and Puerto Montt (16h01).
The earthquake had its epicenter in the sea, about 20 kilometers from Quellón. According to the National Seismological Center of Chile, the epicenter is at a depth of 30 kilometers.
“I’ve lived in the South for 10 years and I’ve never felt anything like it”, Emol, one of the people who fled their homes after the earthquake, said.
On Twitter, the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, wrote the following message: “Much strength and encouragement to the compatriots affected by the earthquake in Chiloé and other parts of the South! The emergency protocols are already working”.