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Published Sunday, January 20, 2019
A very strong earthquake registered by CSN as M6.7 hit near Coquimbo, Chile at 01:32 UTC on January 20, 2019 (22:32 local time, January 19). The agency is reporting a depth of 50.1 km. USGS is reporting M 6.7 at a depth of 53 km. This earthquake can have a medium humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability. There are about 610 000 people living within 100 km.
The USGS issued a yellow alert for shaking-related fatalities. Some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localized. Past yellow alerts have required a local or regional level response.
Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are adobe block and concrete wall construction.
Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides and liquefaction that might have contributed to losses.
Two residents are reported dead, the police said. Damage was reported across the region as well as landslides on national highways.
Residents of Coquimbo and Serena rushed to high ground after the quake, and returned back after authorities ruled out a tsunami.
Coquimbo earthquake Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Yellow