News Release

Magnitude 8.8 OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 06:34:14 UTC

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred 100 km (60 miles) NNW of Chillan, Chile and 100 km (65 miles) WSW of Talca, Chile at 12:34 AM MDT, Feb 27, 2010 (3:34 AM local time in Chile). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this time; however, this earthquake may have caused damage due to its location and size.

At least 507 people killed, many injured and at least 200,000 houses damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in the Concepcion-Valparaiso area. Felt in much of Chile and Argentina. Also felt in parts of Bolivia, southern Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. A Pacific-wide tsunami was generated and caused minor damage to boats and a dock in the San Diego area, California.

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