Chile: Earthquake - Flash Note No. 01 (As of September 17, 2015)


A magnitude 8.4 earthquake occurred at 19:55 local time on 16 September. The epicenter was located in the Region of Coquimbo, at a depth of 11.1 kilometers (National Seismological Center, Chile). A tsunami warning was issued at 20:03 to the coasts of Chile and Peru. The alert was subsequently lifted.
Authorities declared a disaster area in the Provinces of Choapa and Coquimbo, Region of Coquimbo.

  • About 1 million people were evacuated by the tsunami warning. 8 people died and one is missing.

  • Firefighters (USAR teams) and specialized staff were deployed to the area of impact in Coquimbo.

  • Classes were suspended in the regions of Atacama and Los Lagos and also in the Metropolitan Region.
    As of 17 September, authorities continue to assess the situation.


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