SANTIAGO DE CHILE (AP) – Two almost simultaneous tremors of different magnitudes were felt on Saturday in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica and in central Chile, shaking buildings in the country’s capital, with no reported victims so far. no material damage.
An earthquake of magnitude seven shook the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica on Saturday and simultaneously one of 5.8 according to preliminary information shook the buildings of Santiago de Chile and north and south of the country.RELATED
The earthquake began with a slight movement that suddenly became a strong shaking of short duration.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS, for its acronym in English), reported that the earthquake of magnitude 6.9 with an epicenter was registered in the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica, at a depth of 9.6 kilometers.
At the same time, barely 10 minutes later, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake —according to the preliminary report by the USGC— was felt in the center of the country with an epicenter 35 kilometers from the Nuñoa neighborhood in Santiago and a depth of 110 kilometers.
“At the moment, no damage to people, alteration to basic services or infrastructure is reported as a result of this earthquake. For their part, technical agencies are evaluating the regional situation, “reported the Chilean National Emergency Service (Onemi) in reference to the 5.8-sense earthquake in the center.
However, Onemi asked the population to leave the beach area of the Antarctic territory, but many people received the message by technical error on their cell phone in the peninsular territory, which caused much confusion in which hundreds of people in the north of the country they began to evacuate the coastal sector of La Serena, according to images shown by local media.
The agency reiterated through the media that it was an error and called not to evacuate in the peninsula and to do so only and exclusively in Antarctica.
In the white continent, the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy (SHOA) issued an alert at 8:56 p.m. using the emergency system and requesting to leave the area of the Chilean Antarctic territory.
As a result of this, more than 160 people evacuated the four Chilean bases in Antarctica, Onemi reported.
“Similarly, it is reported that 5 foreign bases in the Antarctic Territory proceeded to evacuate according to their current procedures,” it was indicated.