MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 21st November, 2020) A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck on late Friday the central part of Chile, the National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI) said.
Chile is located in a seismologically active zone, known as the Ring of Fire.
The country, particularly, lies along the border between the South American and Nazca tectonic plates, whose movement sometimes causes powerful earthquakes.
On May 22, 1960, some 9.5 magnitude quake hit the city of Valdivia, leaving 1,000-7,000 people killed. The disaster, known as the Great Chilean earthquake, is one of the most powerful quakes ever recorded.