7.0 magnitude earthquake near Chilean Antarctic base
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck close to the coast of Antarctica, with authorities issuing a tsunami warning for Chile’s Eduardo Frei base on the glacial continent.
The Chilean Air Force’s base is the country’s largest in Antarctica, and includes a village, hospital, school, bank, post office and chapel. The population in summer is 150 people, and the average population in winter is 80.
Officials in Chile mentioned that they regretted spreading panic among the citizens with a mistaken warning of a tsunami warning people in the coastal areas to evacuate.
The authorities even sent out a circular around the area asking people to abandon the coastal areas to avoid any kind of danger.
Chile happens to be one of the most active countries in terms of seismic activities. A very powerful earthquake had struck Chile around 60 years ago with the magnitude of 9.6, which by far is the strongest one recorded.