CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – A strong Chile earthquake struck early this morning. The Chile terremoto, a temblor centered near Chonchi, erupted in the predawn morning hours. Officials tell news that the quake was centered in Los Lagos, in the Golfo de Corcovado. No reports of damage have yet to be detailed by local news.
USGS indicated to news that a 5.0 magnitude quake erupted Friday, July 6, 2012 shortly after 2 am local time. The quake, however, had virtually no depth. USGS details to news that the quake struck a mere eight miles below the earth’s surface.
The quake was one of the strongest temblors to strike Chile this summer. The terremoto hoy was centered eighteen miles east of the Chile town of Chonchi. The quake was twenty miles east of Castro, thirty-five miles northeast of Puerto Quellon. The quake was also centered fifty-five miles southeast of Ancud.
USGS mapping puts the quake south of Osomo and Puerto Montt. The quake was west of Argentina’s Comodoro Rivadavia.
In June, a 5.8 magnitude temblor struck the country. The temblor erupted sixty-three miles southeast of Talca in the Maule region. It was seventy-three miles southeast of Curico. USGS also indicated to news that the quake was seventy-five miles west of Malargue in the Mendoza region of Argentina.