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19 Jan 2019 | 08:20 PM UTC

Chile: 6.7-magnitude earthquake strikes Chile January 19

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit just south of Coquimbo (Coquimbo region) on January 19; no tsunami warning issued



A large earthquake hit just off the coast of Chile's Coquimbo region at approximately 20:32 (local time) on Saturday, January 19. The earthquake measured 6.7-magnitude with a depth of 53 km (33 mi) around 15 km (9 mi) south of the city of Coquimbo. Details are still emerging regarding possible infrastructure damage and casualties. A tsunami warning initially issued immediately after the earthquake was subsequently canceled. Aftershocks are likely in the coming hours and days.


Individuals in Chile, particularly near Coquimbo, are advised to monitor the situation, be prepared for further aftershocks, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities. During an earthquake, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows and exterior walls, and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from any tall structures, such as buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

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