Following a series of moderate to strong earthquakes on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, 2017, a powerful M6.9 earthquake hit the region at 21:38 UTC (18:39 local time) on April 24. USGS is reporting a depth of 25 km (15.5 miles). CSN Chile is reporting M6.9 at a depth of 13.2 km (8.2 miles). The USGS has issued a yellow alert for shaking-related fatalities.
According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 35.1 km (21.8 miles) west of Valparaiso (population 282 448), 42 km (26.1 miles) W Viña del Mar (population 294 551) and 52.4 km (32.5 miles) W Quilpué (population 130 263), Chile. There are 1 397 743 people living within 100 km (62 miles).
ONEMI said the quake did not have characteristics to generate a tsunami, but a preventive evacuation of the coastal regions of Valparaiso and O’Higgins was temporarily in progress. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, it said. READ MORE