Moderate Chile earthquake: 5.7 magnitude

A moderate 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Chile, happened on Sunday 10 February 2013, according to USGS. There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The epicenter of the Chile earthquake was approximately 24 kilometers northwest of Cartagena kai 4o kilometers south of Valparaiso.

In February 2010, a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Chile at central Maule region, generating tsunami waves, killing 500 people.


Chile is a country with a huge seismic history, considering that lies above the converge of the Nazca Plate and the South American plate. For this reason Chile has been the site of many historical earthquakes, including the largest earthquake ever recorded.

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About Elina Apostolou

Elina Apostolou is an Engineering Geologist. She received her bachelor degree in Geology from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2002, graduating from the Department of Dynamic, Tectonic & Applied Geology and specializing in Structural Geology and Geological Cartography. She received her master’s degree from Imperial College London in 2003, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering specializing in “Engineering Geology”. She worked as an Engineering geologist at Geodata Greece (Salonica), performing field work and composing geotechnical evaluations for various tunnel projects. For a short period of time she worked at the head office of Geodata SpA. in Turin Italy, acting as a liaison between the Greek branch and the Turin based office, considering a specific project. She worked as a geotechnical engineer – engineering geologist at General Consulting Ltd Istria for 4 years, specializing in various geotechnical engineering aspects. Her field of expertise includes geotechnical design of cut and cover tunnel portals, geotechnical evaluations of tunnels, earthworks (embankments, cuts) and structures, design of embankments and cuts, slope stability analysis, rockfall analysis and countermeasures. Meanwhile she received her second master’s degree from National Technical University of Athens in 2010, Department of Civil Engineering and Mining & Metallurgical Engineering, i.e. postgraduate award in “Design and Construction of Underground Works”.