A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday according to the U.S. Geological Survey and German Research Center for Geo-sciences (GFZ).
The University of Chile’s seismological center said that by early morning it had detected as many as 15 aftershocks around the original epicenter near the port city of Huasco, midway between regional capital La Serena and Copiapo.
GFZ also reported that several aftershocks were of magnitudes between 5.5 and 6.2.
Ricardo Toro, Chile’s National Emergency Office director, said aftershocks would likely continue and urged those being evacuated as a precautionary measure from homes close to the coast.
Local news media reported some damage and landslides in areas near the epicenter including collapsed and cracked walls of buildings and some landslides. There was no tsunami threat, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
Chile’s interior ministry said in a statement that mining companies operated in the area of the quake but had not reported issues since the initial quake.
Chile is the world’s largest copper producer and most of its large operations are in Antofagasta region, which is approximately 180 miles north of the quake’s epicenter.
The interior ministry’s National Emergency Office said there had been some localized power outages and landslides blocking roads from the earthquake.
Chile, located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” has had severe earthquakes including an 8.8 magnitude quake in 2010 off the south-central coast that triggered a tsunami that devastated coastal towns.
Chile is also the location that ever came the closest to a magnitude 10 earthquake, when the most powerful quake ever recorded, a magnitude 9.5 temblor, hit Chile in 1960.
The Biblical Prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21, Romans 8, Revelation 6) foretell that diverse seismic activity as earthquakes and volcanoes will be a sign indicating the nearing end of this age of grace.
These events and conditions happening now are warning signs pointing to the nearing fulfillment of the Last Days prophecies at the end of this age revealing it’s time to prepare now for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ for His Church by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles who were authorized (Matthew 16:19) described how (Acts 2).
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