Chile – M 5.0 – Here we go again ! Living with almost daily aftershocks since February 27

Chile Earthquake

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Earthquake Report comment :
Here we go again. Since August 9 the Chileans were free of relatively strong aftershocks, the longest period since the devastating earthquake from February 27 when a major Magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck the same area, making 577 casualties.
Yesterdays earthquake in neighboring Argentina was a bad sign for the Chileans. That quake was triggered by the same tectonic plates who are trying to settle down since February 27.
A Magnitude 5.0 is mostly heavy in other parts of the world, but in Chile they are used to much more, although M 5.0 brings February 27 back live again.
This earthquake was felt up to Santiago de Chile, the capital.

Testimonies from the field :
Maritza Bravo Valenzuela : very very strong here in talcahuano
Brunilda Jilbert Miranda : We keep a lantern close to us in the event that there will be more aftershocks
Gilbert Arevalo Navarro : DIEGO Y DE QUE COMUNA ERES TU…FUE MUY FUERTE EN STGO EL TEMBLOR QUE TU SENTISTES…YO SOY DE CURICO Y HOY SE AN SENTIDO VARIOS SISMOS, QUE LAS OFICINAS DE SISMOLOGIA DE CHILE NO LOS INFORMA.-PARECE QUE,TENDREMOS QUE PREPARARNOS, COMO DIC…

Diego Henriquez Campos: I am from Maipu and it felt very strong ! (yo soy de maipu y se sinto muy fuerte!)
More testimonies via our Facebook site : También sentí este terremoto en Chile

Most important Earthquake Data:
Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 11:50:03 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 26 km
Geo-location(s) :
40 km (25 miles) N of Concepcion, Bio-Bio, Chile
85 km (50 miles) SW of Cauquenes, Maule, Chile
85 km (55 miles) W of Chillan, Bio-Bio, Chile
400 km (250 miles) SSW of SANTIAGO

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map

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