April 23rd, 2010
08:45 AM ET

Earthquake hits Chile

[Updated at 8:45 a.m.] The U.S. Geological Survey has downgraded the magnitude of an earthquake that struck Chile on Friday to 5.9.

The quake hit about 40 miles (65 km) south of Concepcion, Chile, the U.S. Geological Survey said Friday. It was 22 miles (35 km) deep, the USGS said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

It stuck in the same area as an 8.8-magnitude quake in February that triggered a tsunami, left 800,000 people homeless and caused $30 billion in damage.

[Posted at 6:40 a.m.] An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 has struck about 41 miles (65 km) south of Concepcion, Chile, the U.S. Geological Survey said Friday.

The quake was 22 miles (35 km) deep, the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

It struck in the same area as an 8.8-magnitude quake in February that triggered a tsunami, left 800,000 people homeless and caused $30 billion in damage.

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  1. Bill

    A 6.1? C'mon CNN why? Are you just trying to incite everyone. Lets not report anything unless it's atleast a 6.5, OK.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. asitwas

    Considering it is in the same area as the quake from a few months back, I think that's news. I see nothing in that story to incite anybody, are you trying to incite anyone Bill?

    April 23, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rhodia

    6.1 is strong enough to report.Anyway, the earthquake is 5,9 and there still isn't reports of injuries. It woke me up though :s

    April 23, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. soandso

    CNN has always reported quakes over 6.0 and any other quake that the USGS reports as "significant".

    April 23, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Carlos

    I feel we have the right to know whether they are 6.1 or 6.5. Specially now with all the quakes, they should all be taken seriously. I do however agree if CNN starts reporting quakes of a magnitude of 3.0 or lower.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ellen

    I agree. People are all freaked out about the earthquakes signaling the end of the world. Earthquakes occur constantly all over, and the seismologist ave proven that they are not more frequent than before. In the Midwest we have been waiting for the big one from the New Madrid fault. It is good to be prepared, but panicking before or after is not helpful.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. vizi

    most active regions will in future will be the best oil and carbon deposits which is a good sign . Bright future bleak present

    April 23, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. rita cabral

    I really would like to know if this sismic activity is normal, why now we hear about another earthquake every day? Is is just because now a days we have the information high ways and in minutes all the world knows about any event? Or should we be prepared for the possibility of a major event? Tell us the truth! We don´t want false panic to be raised, but shouldn´t the responsible authorities launch advise procedures? I think it would be better to know that we may be facing something than covering thetruth just no to install panic.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jason Palmer

    I totally agree. This is stupid. It's like they're trying to push the perception that there is an increasing amount of earthquakes happening in the world. That is absolutely not true. It's just that there have been more earthquakes this year in more populated places than before. If there had been a 6.1 in Chile last year they wouldn't have reported it.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. TMK

    Some women must have been wearing low cut tops... :-/

    April 23, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. JDubs

    the best part about this whole thing is that this comes about a day after that crazy atheist blogger told everybody to dress promiscuously because she wanted to mock the Iranian cleric who said that women's promiscuous behavior is to blame for the recent quakes ..........Ironic?

    April 23, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. simon

    There has been no greater frequency of major earthquakes but there has been a greater frequency of major earthquakes that impacted human population centers. This is the reason for the increased media attention.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Alex McMoran

    not true. there havent been earthquakes of this size this frequently. the geomagnetic field around our earth has been diminishing for the past 2000 years due to the increased activity of the sun and the sunspots. This is the reason for climate change NOT GREENHOUSE GASES. The earth's crust is shifting faster and faster when we get closer the planetary alignment in 2012, forseen by ancient cultures who experienced cataclysmic events from the same cycle of the earth. Now this geological and astronomical dilemna is proven by modern science. Do not give into the new world order's taxes on products that come from industries that contribute to "global warming." Don't let the government let humans take the blame for our Earth's current state, even though we should treat it a bit nicer and be more friendly to the environment.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Megan

    I thought that I read somewhere that aftershocks can occur a few months after a large earthquake. I believe it was the USGS website.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dana Bash

    So if an earthquake of any magnitude happened anywhere in the U.S. would this not be considered news worthy? A 5.9 earthquake that strikes in the same region that a both very powerful and deadly 8.8 quake hit less than 3 months ago is without a doubt WORLD news. I see why other countries think so little of Americans; you all are the epitome of selfish, narcissistic and ignorant Americans.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
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