Still recovering from a monstrous earthquake last month, Chile was rocked this morning by a significant 7.2 magnitude earthquake. That temblor was then followed by magnitude 6.9 and 6.0 quakes.
Since the major magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck that nation on February 27th, aftershocks have continued to frighten residents and threaten to collapse already weakened structures. Today’s quakes represent the most significant since the initial quake and occur at the same time the nation is inaugurating new president Sebastian Pinera.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the magnitude 7.2 quake today originated 21.7 miles below the earth’s surface. They placed the epicenter as 70 miles west of Rancagua or 95 miles southwest of the nation’s capital of Santiago. It struck at 11:39am local time.
The second quake this morning occurred 16 minutes after the first and was deeper at 27.6 miles and closer to Santiago. The third, another 11 minutes later, was the shallowest at a depth of 19.9 miles and its epicenter was between the first two. examiner