Earthquake strength of 4.9 Richter shakes Antofagasta, Chile

July 25th, 2008 - 4:25 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

A moderate earthquake magnitude 4.9 hits Antofagasta, Chile at Friday, July 25, 2008 at 07:48:09 AM UTC (03:48:09 AM local time)

The epicenter of the earth quake was located at 22.365°S, 67.954°W at a depth of 108.2 km. The epicenter of the earth quake is 100 km E from Calama, 235 km E from Tocopilla, 290 km ENE from Antofagasta and 1260 km NNE from Santiago of Chile.

Antofagasta is a port city and episcopal see in northern Chile, about 700 miles (1,130 km) north of Santiago. It is the capital of both Antofagasta Province and Antofagasta Region. According to the 2002 census, the city has an urban population of 281,155 and a municipal population of 296,905. The city’s name comes from either a Quechua or Aymara word for “town of the great saltpeter bed.”

Earthquake in Antofagasta, 1.360 km northwest of Santiago November 14, 2007 was a major quake of 7.7 magnitude hit mineral-rich northern Chile, damaging buildings and halting operations at some of the world’s biggest copper mines. At least two deaths and more than 140 injuries from the incident.

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