Strongest earthquake to hit Bolivia since November 2011 strikes on February 21, 2017

A strong M6.5 earthquake struck central Bolivia, with shaking felt in Sucre, Potosi, Padilla as well as in northern Chile on February 21. 2017.

Today’s tremor is the strongest quake to hit Bolivia since November 2011, when a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck southwest of Trinidad in north-central Bolivia.

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A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck 88 miles east of Sucre, Bolivia at 10:09 am local time on February 21, 2017. via USGS

The earthquake, which struck at 10:09 a.m. local time on Tuesday, was centered about 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of the town of Padilla in the Chuquisaca Department, or 143 kilometers (89 miles) east of the city of Sucre. It struck at a depth of 596 kilometers (370 miles), making it a deep earthquake.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude of Tuesday’s earthquake at 6.5. The depth of the earthquake is likely to have minimized the effects of the quake and there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

No tsunamis feared:

Tuesday’s tremor is the strongest tremor to hit Bolivia since November 2011, when a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck southwest of Trinidad in north-central Bolivia.

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