Thursday, 19 March 2015

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake of the coast of Chile.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake at a depth of 10 km roughly 80 km off the coast of central Chile at slightly before 3.30 pm local time (slightly before 6.30 pm GMT) on Thursday 18 March 2015. There are no reports of any damage or injuries associated with this event, but people have reported feeling it across an area of Chile from Santiago in the north as far south as Temuco.

The approximate location of the 18 March 2015 Chilean offshore Earthquake. Google Maps.

Chile is located on the west coast of South America, which is also the convergent margin between the Nazca and South American Plates. The Nazca Plate is being subducted beneath the South American Plate and is sinking beneath the South American Plate. This is not a smooth process, the rocks of the two plates continuously stick together then, as the pressure builds up, break apart again, causing Earthquakes. As the Nazca Plate sinks deeper it is partially melted by the heat of the Earth's interior. Some of the melted material then rises up through the overlying South American Plate as magma, fueling the volcanoes of the Chilean Andes.

The subduction of the Nazca Plate beneath the South American Plate, and how it causes Earthquakes and volcanoes. Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center.

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