Very strong earthquake M 6.7 struck off shore Tarapaca, Chile

A very strong earthquake with recorded magnitude of 7.0 (revised to M 6.7) struck off the coast of Tarapaca, Chile on March 16, 2014 at 21:16 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw 7.0 at depth of only 10 km (still preliminary).

Epicenter was located 61 km (38 miles) NW of Iquique and 153 km (95 miles) S of Arica, Chile.

GDACS estimated there are 233 613 people living within 100 km radius.

SHOA Chile reported there is no tsunami risk, but a small tsunami watch is in place. ONEMI Chile has ordered the preventive evacuation of the city of Tocopilla.

Landslides are reported in Tarapaca. In general people are afraid and are standing in the middle of the road. (ER)