ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Another strong Chile earthquake today 2014 has hit. Several Chile earthquakes have been hitting since that 6.7 that struck earlier this week. But within the hour, one of the strongest terremotos since that day struck off the coast.
Officials tell news that a 5.9 magnitude Chile earthquake today March 18, 2014 hit just after 4:26 pm local time. The quake hit off the coast. Reps tell news that the terremoto en Chile hoy began six miles below sea level. As a result the quake could be felt across the region. The quake was later followed a 5.0 magnitude aftershock.
Reps tell news that several Chile earthquakes have been hitting the region in the last twenty-four hours. Most have been in the 4 to 5 magnitude range. But none have approached this level during that time.
This 5.9 quake was forty-five miles west of Iquique. It was one hundred ten miles from Arica and roughly two hundred miles from Tacna, Peru. It also started about three hundred miles from La Paz, Bolivia.
USGS tells news that “Large intermediate-depth earthquakes (those occurring between depths of approximately 70 and 300 km) are relatively limited in size and spatial extent in South America, and occur within the Nazca plate as a result of internal deformation within the subducting plate.” They add that “These earthquakes generally cluster beneath northern Chile and southwestern Bolivia, and to a lesser extent beneath northern Peru and southern Ecuador, with depths between 110 and 130 km.”