Chile – M 5.0 – Moderate and fairly deep earthquake just in front of Iquique (Northern Chile)

Earthquake Report comment :
As this earthquake occurred at a depth of 59 km, the impact on buildings and humans , even fairly close to the city of Iquique, was very limited. At this point, only 5 persons have informed USGS that a very weak shaking was experienced.

Iquique has a growing population of more than 227,000.
Iquique is surrounded by a very active fault line which is triggering regular powerful earthquakes.
The city was totally demolished by earthquakes in 1868 and 1877.
The most recent major earthquake occurred on June 13, 2005 and had a Magnitude of 7.9 !
Iquique is located in Northern Chile, one of the richest copper mine areas in the world.  Copper mining, mainly in Quebrada Blanca, Cerro Colorado, and Doña Inés de Collahuasí, is an important industry in Iquique.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 at 01:29:21 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 58.3 km (36.2 miles)
Geo-location(s) :
45 km (25 miles) NW of Iquique, Tarapaca, Chile
160 km (100 miles) S of Arica, Tarapaca, Chile
210 km (130 miles) S of Tacna, Peru

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map

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