Chile Issues Tsunami Warning, Orders Evacuation Of Antarctic Bases After 7-Magnitude Quake

MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 24th January, 2021) A 7-magnitude earthquake has occurred near South Shetland Islands, prompting Chile to issue a tsunami warning and order the evacuation of the country's Antarctic military bases.

The quake occurred at 23:36 GMT on Saturday, at a depth of 7.8 kilometers (4.8 miles), near the Antarctic South Shetland Islands, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS) data.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages.

The Chilean Navy Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (Shoa) put the earthquake's magnitude at 7.1, saying that it occurred 216 kilometers northeast of Bernardo O'Higgins Base (research station) in the Chilean Antarctica.

Chile has issued a tsunami warning and ordered the evacuation of the military bases located in the area, including the Eduardo Frei military base.

Another earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 occurred 35 kilometers (21 miles) northeast of Villa Presidente Frei in Nunoa commune in Chile's Santiago Province at 00:07 GMT on Sunday, about half an hour after the 7-magnitude quake, according to USGS.

Chile mistakenly sent out a national alert on Saturday to people's cell phones, warning of a tsunami that could affect the country's beaches. It was later clarified that the alert applied only to the Antarctic regions.