Chile Struck by M8.3 Earthquake on September 16, 2015

usgs_exposure1On September 16, 2015, an M8.3 earthquake struck 54 kilometers west of Illapel, Chile, at 7:54 p.m. A tsunami alert has been issued by Chile’s national emergency agency.

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EERI is currently monitoring the situation from media reports and notes from colleagues in the impacted region as part of its Learning from Earthquakes Program and is considering an EERI response. More information about EERI’s plans will be posted soon, so please check back frequently.

Chile is prone to earthquakes. Recent large events include the Iquique earthquake and tsunami in 2014, and the Maule earthquake in 2010.