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Magnitude 7.7 ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 15:40:50 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred about 40 km (25 mi) east-southeast of Tocopilla at 8:40 AM MST, Nov 14, 2007 (12:40 PM local time in Chile). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available.

Two people killed, at least 45 injured and buildings damaged (VIII) at Tocopilla. Twenty people injured and buildings damaged (VII) at Maria Elena. Several thousand homes destroyed or damaged, displacing about 15,000 people in the Maria Elena-Tocopilla area. Buildings damaged (VII) at Antofagasta and Calama. Power and telephone outages occurred at Antofagasta and Iquique. Felt (VIII) at Quillagua; (VII) at Baquedano and Mejillones; (VI) at Alto Hospicio, Arica, Huara, Iquique and Taltal; (V) at Caldera, Chanaral, Copiapo and Tierra Amarilla; (III) at Alto del Carmen, Coquimbo, Freirina, Huasco, La Higuera, La Serena and Vallenar; (II) at Santiago, Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. Felt from Arica to Santiago. Felt (IV) at Arequipa; felt at Lima and in Moquegua and Tacna, Peru. Felt (III) at La Paz; felt at Cochabamba and in other parts of Bolivia. Felt at San Juan, Argentina. Also felt at Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tsunami wave heights in centimeters (peak-to-trough) were recorded at the following tide stations: 25.5 at Antofagasta, 19.5 at Arica, 9.5 at Caldera and 19.3 at Iquique.

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


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