An earthquake of magnitude 7.7 occurred along the Coast of south Chile on Sunday

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Published on April 17, 2017 06:23 AM by , Golden Chennai

On Sunday, a earthquake of magnitude of 7.7 occurred along the Coast of south Chile. According to U.S. Geological Survey the earthquake has occurred 40 km southwest of Puerto Quellon.

Tsunami threat message has been issued to all parts of the Pacific Ocean which lies close to the site of earthquake. According to the Chilean Navy Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service, the state of precaution which was issued to regions such as Los Lagos has been lifted.

Tsunami evacuation along the beach areas near the earthquake zone has been cancelled by the Chile's Ministry of the Interior and Public Security.

As far as the history of Chile is concerned, it is on the arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Ocean known as the "Ring of Fire". This area experiences volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

Chile has experienced more than a dozen earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 and above since 1973.

Chile faced serious damages in February 2010 when a earthquake of magnitude 8.8 struck off the Pacific Coast. According to the Chilean officials more than 680 people were killed and more than 1.9 million were affected.

Cities such as Chile, Maule, Bio, Concepcion were totally devastated leaving behind ruins of damaged buildings and impassable roads.

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