The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – More than fifty earthquakes shook northern Chile this morning after the 7.6 magnitude earthquake recorded in the area shortly before midnight, which was a surprise after the 8.2 earthquake recorded Tuesday night, officials said.

Experts maintain some discrepancies about the 7.6 quake at 23:43pm yesterday local time (02:43 GMT today), which for some was an aftershock of the previous day and for others it was a new earthquake.

In any case the quake, whose epicenter was located in the sea off Iquique, a city located 1,860 kilometers north of Santiago, in the Tarapacá Region, led the National Emergency Office to issue an evacuation order for the coastline because of the tsunami danger.

The measure, which covered the Chilean coast, was lifted two hours later.  Among the evacuees was President Michelle Bachelet, who spent the night in a hotel in Arica, located just 40 meters from the sea.

The governor, who travelled to regions affected by Tuesday’s earthquake early Wednesday, will continue today in the area coordinating damage assessment and relief measures.

So far, the balance of damage caused by the earthquake is six dead, 2,500 homes destroyed or damaged, over a hundred roads and hospitals damaged along with countless fishing vessels, while several towns remain isolated.

Tremors occurred during the morning, the highest magnitude was recorded at 02:26am (05:26 GMT) and reached 6.3 on the Richter scale, while at 06:23pm (09:23 GMT), one of 5.2 degrees recorded.

At 08:50pm (11:50 GMT) the area was shaken by a tremor of 4.8 magnitude, which was followed eight minutes later with another one of 3.9 degrees.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica