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News Release

Magnitude 7.8 TARAPACA, CHILE
Monday, June 13, 2005 at 22:44:33 UTC

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A major earthquake occurred IN TARAPACA, CHILE about 115 km (70 miles) east-northeast of Iquique or 1515 km (940 miles) north of Santiago at 4:44 PM MDT, Jun 13, 2005 (6:44 PM local time in Chile). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available.

Five people killed by collapsed buildings and 6 people killed when their vehicle was struck by a boulder near Iquique. At least 200 people injured, 544 houses destroyed and 8,691 damaged (VII), power and telephone services interrupted, roads damaged and landslides occurred in the Iquique area. A rock fell from El Morro near Arica. Felt (VI) at Calama and Tocopilla; (V) at Arica, Chanaral and El Salvador; (IV) at Antofagasta, Caldera and Copiapo. Felt throughout northern Chile. Also felt (V) at Ilo, Moquega, Punta de Bombon and Tacna; (IV) at Arequipa, Peru. Felt (III) at La Paz, Bolivia. Felt as far away as Santiago, Chile and Brasilia, Brazil.

 


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