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. Pat

    I think that a 6.1 (or 5.9) quake happening in the same location as the 8.8 one is news. At the very least, it's interesting. The damage caused by the 8.8 has made the infrastructure vulnerable.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Steve

    The promiscuous Chilean girls must have been at it again!

    April 23, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kelly

    I wonder how bad the damages must be, if all this is getting reported.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. M

    Maybe CNN should have an earthquake report like they do a weather report if they are going to talk about an earthquake that isn't major or catsrophic.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Gonzalo

    Do people think that 5.9, even 5.1 is a small quake. If it was you in a 5.9 earthquake you would be running around screaming like a little girl. The fact is that a 5.9 earthquake is big enough to kille hundreds and cause lots of damage. If your family was there, you would defenetively want to know the situation, especially if a few months back there was a quake of a 8.8 magnitude that shook the world and moved the earth from its axel. Keep up the good work CNN>

    April 23, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mercedes

    I've read some of your comments. In my opinion...bottom line is for the last few months there has been at LEAST one or more major earthquake each week. This happens to be the second major earthquake this week alone. That is not nornal. So wether your opinion is that CNN should or shouldn't report it....something is going on. This is not nornal by any stretch of the imagination.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    I totally agree with Bill. Anything less than a 6.5 isn't worth reporting, even if it struck in a recently hit site. It's too weak to cause significant damage and happens way too frequently. Save the fanfare for anything more than a 7.0 and sequent aftershocks.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Doug

    To Dana Bush:

    The problem is, that since the 8.8 there have been 28 5.5 or greater earthquakes in the area. Its not that these people are being ignorant or narcissistic, its that they are simply saying that for that particular area, its not really news. Now, if it had hit, Paris, or New York, or Hong Kong, (any major urban area) then maybe it would have been news. A 5.9 or a 6.1 is literally hundreds of times smaller than a 8.8 in terms of energy released. Also, there are 130-150 6.0 or greater earthquakes every year around the globe. That would mean that CNN needs to pop out 2 or 3 earthquake reports every week, which seems to be overkill, thats what the USGS and other seismic reporting agencies are for.

    An exception to this is when you get a 4.0 or larger in the U.S. particularly where there usually isn't any activity, historically, or relatively speaking. If something like that happens in Europe, they probably talk about it there, but not here. Its all about relativity to the audience, which in this case is still mostly and American one.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. maureen molina

    Just checked the national earthquake map. Baja and Southern Cal are still a rocking and a rollin, not quite as much but more than anywhere else in the world. "They" say that this is normal but in all the years I've been following quakes I've never seen so many aftershocks recorded. This latest quake in Chile didn't get the "red flag" so here's hoping damage is minimal. I think mom nature is tired of being abused, time to clean house and the show has just begun. Hang on!!!!

    April 23, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bill in Calif

    just to minimize the tendency of "Earthquake Luddites" to come out of their shells (as seen in some of these comments), it might be instructional to run a piece on the seismologist's Richter Scale - how it works and what it means.

    As a logrithmic scale, one decimal point means something different than what conventional wisdom thinks it means.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jai

    I wonder....if any of those who wrote with arrogance that this is not news worthy ever personally experienced a 5. anything earthquake?

    April 23, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Martins

    I wonder how earthquake should hit a location within two months interval.It only takes the grace of God to sustain us here on earth.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. bw2004

    maybe its gods way of warning you what he foretold is to happen and not delay repenting and trusting the one who cares, christ, if not earthquakes what about wars and volcanos ,crime ,great falling away i hope someone might be reassured and turn to jesus that you may recieve a crown of life its all to obvious the hour of wickedness has been here awhile in that same hour cometh christ like a thief in the night be ready

    April 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Charles

    Brazil has no earthquakes, thank god!

    April 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. J

    The reason why we are having all these quakes, is because, Jesus said in the last days before the Rapture there would be earthquakes in different places that would increase in frequency and intensity as well as diseases, famines, wars and rumors of wars, seas and waves roaring, crime. You can check that out in the gospels in the New Testament.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
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