Monday, January 03, 2011

7.1-magnitude earthquake hits Chile

By mjones, GTD News

Santiago – A 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook the souther part of Chile and costs thousands of people to evacuate as fear of tsunamis increased.

According to the National Emergency Office, there were no reports of casualties and damages to properties. There was also no tsunami alert released by local officials.

Vicente Nunez, head of the National Emergency Office of Chile said in a statement that there were no people harmed because of the earthquake.

The United States Geological Survey said that the epicenter of the earthquake was located near the coast of Tirua. Tirua is about 385 miles from Santiago, the capital city of Chile. The U.S. Geological Survey also said that it occurred at 2020 GMT at a depth of 10 miles. An aftershock that followed was later measured to be 5.0 in magnitude.

Earthquake Shakes Parts of Southwestern Utah

Circleville, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A 4.5 magnitude earthquake shook parts of southwestern Utah early Monday morning.

It struck just after 5:00am MDT, and was centered 8 miles northwest of Circleville.

So far, there are no reports of any damage.

ABC 4 talked to one resident who said the earthquake shook him out of bed, and the Beaver County Sheriff's Department says they felt the earthquake there as well.