Chile ‘regrets’ terror after tsunami warning after earthquake

Chilean officials said they regretted spreading panic after an earthquake in Antarctica called for an erroneous tsunami warning people to move out of the coastal areas.

The Interior Ministry said on Twitter that there was a 7.1 magnitude earthquake at 8.36 pm local time, 216 km northeast of the scientific base of the Ohaigins Chile, and asked to evacuate the coastal areas of Antarctica due to tsunami risk I went.

The ministry also sent a message to mobile phones across the country urging people to leave the coastal areas, although the ministry later said it was sent by mistake.

“We want to provide peace of mind to the population, telling them that it is not necessary to evacuate the entire national territory, only the Antarctic base,” Miguel Ortiz of the Ministry’s National Emergency Office said at a news conference.

He said the agency was sorry for the inconvenience caused by his messages, which he attributed to a technical error.

The tsunami warning for Antarctica was later lifted.

In the coastal cities north of Santiago, Santiago and Valparacio, people began leaving areas close to the coast after warnings, until reports began to appear that it was a foul alarm.

As Chile was reacting to warnings on the warning, a second shock of 5.6 struck the Chile-Argentina border area, at 9.07 pm, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences said, at a depth of 133 km and 30 km east of Santiago. In.

No damage has been reported from the earthquake.

The other one was close to Codelco’s Andina and Teniente copper mines and Anglo American plc’s Los Bronces.

Chile’s mining regulator Sernageomin said workers, mining operations and facilities had reported no problems after the earthquake.

After the first earthquake, 80 people were evacuated from Chile’s main base in the Antarctic, President Eduardo Fray Montalva Base west of the Fildes Peninsula of King George’s Island, and three other locations, along with five other foreign targets, Sergenomin said. .

The military said there was no damage to the Antarctic base.

Chile is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. Just a short distance from the coast, the Naza tectonic plate originates from beneath the South American plate, which occasionally lifts the Torring Andes Cordillera.

In 2017, one million people were evacuated from their homes after the 8.3-magnitude earthquake.

The most powerful earthquake in Chile was recorded in 1960 when a 9.5 magnitude tremor killed more than 5,000 people.

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