Earthquake in Chile: Authorities accidentally warn of tsunami after Antarctica earthquake causing national panic


At 8:36 pm on Saturday evening, the country’s Interior Ministry tweeted a warning that a 7.1 magnitude earthquake occurred 216 kilometers (about 134 mi) northeast of O’Higgins Chile’s scientific base at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Was. In its tweet, the ministry called for evacuating the coastal areas of Antarctica due to the risk of a tsunami.

But the ministry mistakenly sent messages on cellphones across the country, urging people to leave the coastal areas.

Miguel Ortiz of the Ministry’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI) said, “We want to provide peace of mind to the population, tell them that the entire national territory is not necessary only to evacuate the Antarctic base.”

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.

But the explanation came too late to rein in the panic. Eoplay in coastal cities, including P {la Serena, north of Santiago and Valparaiso, began to leave areas close to the coast after warnings – until reports said it was a foul alarm.

As the Chileans were reacting to the warning, the second shock of 5.6 intensity, according to the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences struck the Chile-Argentina border region. This earthquake measures a depth of 133 km (82.6 mi), and occurred 30 km (18.6 mi) east of Santiago.

No damage has been reported from 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 second earthquake 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.

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