No Tsunami From Earthquake in Chile
by Big Island Now Staff
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 that struck near the coast of Chile today was apparently not strong enough to generate a significant tsunami.
The US Geological Survey reported that the tremor occurred at 9:02 a.m. Hawaii time at a depth of 38 miles. Its epicenter was about 55 miles north of the port city of Coquimbo, which has a population of more than 400,000.
The Reuters news service reported that the quake caused buildings to sway in the capital city of Santiago, located about 300 miles to the south.
Chile was the location of the 9.5-magnitude earthquake in 1960 that generated a tsunami that devastated Hilo and killed 61 on the Big Island.