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2015 Illapel earthquake
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Date 16 September 2015 (2015-09-16)
Origin time 19:54:33 Chile Standard Time
Magnitude 8.3 Mw
Depth 25.0 km (15.5 mi)
Epicenter 31°34′12″S 71°39′14″W / 31.570°S 71.654°W / -31.570; -71.654 (earthquake)Coordinates: 31°34′12″S 71°39′14″W / 31.570°S 71.654°W / -31.570; -71.654 (earthquake)
Areas affected Chile
Argentina
Brazil
Max. intensity VIII (Severe)
Tsunami Yes
Aftershocks 6 of 6.0 Mw or higher
Casualties 12 deaths, 34+ injuries

On 16 September 2015, an 8.3 Mw earthquake happened 46 km (29 mi) offshore Illapel, Chile. 12 deaths and 34+ injuries were reported. The cities of Coquimbo and Concón reported flooding from a tsunami. Six aftershocks were also reported.

Tsunami waves could hit Ecuador, Peru, New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, the Solomon Islands, French Polynesia, and the U.S. states of Hawaii and California. The earthquake was felt in Argentina and Brazil.

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