Chile: 4.9 Magnitude Earthquake Related to Puyehue-Cordon Caulle Volcanic Eruption?

By on Jun 5, 2011 in Current Events, Natural Disasters, Science, South America Comments

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According to the United States Geological Services (USGS,) June 4, 2011, a 4.9 magnitude earthquake occurred in the region of Los Lagos, Chile at 17:54:09 UTC.

Experts observed that eruption of volcanoes usually occur after earthquakes. USGS revealed the details of the earthquake as follows.

Magnitude:  4.9

Date and Time: Saturday, June 04, 2011 at 17:54:09 UTC

Region: LOS LAGOS, CHILE

Distances:

29 km (18 miles) SW of San Martin de los Andes, Neuquen, Arg.

93 km (57 miles) NNW of San Carlos de Bariloche, RN, Argentina

128 km (79 miles) SSE of Villarrica, Araucania

International reports stated that the Puyehue volcano also erupted when a major earthquake occurred in 1960.

USGS (earthquake.usgs.gov) further stated that another earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 occurred in the Guam Region, and 4.8 magnitude in the near coast of Honshu, Japan.

USGS has also detected 7 earthquakes in Neuquen, Argentina which were more than 4.5 in magnitude and in Northern Peru at magnitude 5.2.  There were several earthquakes around the world with magnitudes of 2.5 and greater, but lower than 4.5.



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