MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy (SHOA) ruled out the risk of a tsunami after an earthquake of magnitude 6 that took place southwest of the Arica coast, in the north of the country.
"The characteristics of the earthquake do not meet the necessary conditions to generate a tsunami off the coast of Chile," the agency published.
SHOA indicates that the characteristics of the earthquake do NOT meet the necessary conditions to generate a tsunami on the coast of Chile. More info. https://t.co/r4IfR3uDDH
– onemichile (@onemichile) December 3, 2019
The quake – of magnitude 6, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), or 5.9, according to SHOA – occurred at 05:46 local time (08:46 GMT).
The USGS located the earthquake 37 kilometers west-southwest of Arica and estimated the depth at 32.4 kilometers.
It was the second earthquake that occurred in the northern part of Chile on December 3.
The former, of magnitude 5.4 according to USGS and at a depth of ten kilometers, took place at 07:29 GMT about 102 kilometers southwest of Iquique.