Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes the Chile – Bolivia salar region

Salt mounds in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. The Sa...

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Earthquake Report comment :
Initially marked by GDACS as 6.1 and a depth of 100 km,  USGS later published a value of M 5.6 at a depth of 88 km.
The quake occurred in the greater Salar de Uyuni area, a natural wonder and also Unesco World Heritage.
The depth of the earthquake is normal for this subduction zone.
The last several weeks many a little weaker earthquakes occurred in this area.
GDACS issued immediately after the quake  a GREEN earthquake alert = very limited chance on damage and/or injuries
USGS Felt reports confirm a light shaking in de greater desert area of Bolivia and Chile.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mb 5.6
Friday, October 22, 2010 at 03:31:33 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 88.4 km
Geo-location(s) :
175 km (110 miles) WSW of Uyuni, Bolivia
185 km (115 miles) NNE of Calama, Antofagasta, Chile
195 km (120 miles) ESE of Iquique, Tarapaca, Chile

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 Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Pager Map
Live Seismograph in Chile

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Bolivia – M 4.2 – Deep light earthquake 150 km from Salar de Uyuni (Unesco World Heritage)

Earthquake Report comment :
This altiplano area is a seismic very active area with a lot of volcanoes and numerous earthquakes (most of them very deep).
Salar de Uyuni, the biggest salt flat in the world! Located in southeast Bolivia, at an altitude of 3,653 meters (11,984 ft), the enormous salt flat covers an area of 10,582 km², like a static sea touched by the southern winds. This semi-desert region includes volcanic lands and natural resources of extraordinary beauty, all united by a surprising characteristic: the color. The Uyuni Salt Flat and Heavenly Lake, Yellow Lake, Green Lake, and Red Lake (so named because of the existence of different types of algae) exemplify how colorful this region is.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Saturday, August 07, 2010 at 08:30:51 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 128 km
Geo-location(s) :
150 km (95 miles) SSW of Uyuni, Bolivia
165 km (105 miles) NE of Calama, Antofagasta, Chile
195 km (120 miles) W of Tupiza, Bolivia

Links to important maps
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE  iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report.  The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

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