A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake followed by multiple aftershocks have rattled Chile, triggering a tsunami warning for the coastal regions, and evacuation of the country’s largest research station in Antarctica.
The strongest 7.0 quake struck at 8:36pm some 216 kilometers northeast of Chile’s O’Higgins scientific base, while another jolt shook the Chile-Argentina border region close to the capital Santiago at 9:07pm.
Chileans were urged to abandon coastal areas due to a tsunami threat, although later the Interior Ministry clarified that the evacuation order was sent out to cell phones across the country by “mistake,” and was only meant for the coastal regions of Antarctica.
Ante la alerta de tsunami emitida, se realizó una evacuación preventiva en la Base Aérea Antártica #FACh. Nuestro personal se encuentra a resguardo en un lugar de seguridad sin novedad y la infraestructura se encuentra sin observaciones. pic.twitter.com/EgMt1P3Nn8
— Fuerza Aérea de Chile (@FACh_Chile) January 24, 2021