Tsunami Rocks Chilean Port


As a result of a tsunami that hit the coast of Chile on the evening of Wednesday September 16, 2015, Chile has suspended operations at Coquimbo Port until further notice, according to World Maritime News.

The earthquake was the biggest to hit Chile since 2010 and is the largest earthquake to take place anywhere in 2015.

The news follows a recent incident, which involved the shutting down of various port operations in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to prepare for a storm that was on the way to the Caribbean.

An operator of Terminal Puerto Coquimbo said: “Specialised personnel will evaluate the damage caused to the port terminal to then take action necessary to resume normal operations.”

Quality assurance company GAC said: “A powerful aftershock estimated to be close to 8 on the Richter scale shook the central part of Chile yesterday afternoon (17, September). All ships were again ordered to leave port ahead of a possible tsunami.”

According to the port, the port will remain closed until a damage assessment has been carried out and completed.

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