Three strong earthquakes blasted Chile today, just as that nation was swearing in a new president.
The three earthquakes, of magnitude 6.9, 6.7 and 6.0, struck in a 27 minute span. They are the strongest aftershocks since the infamous February 27 earthquake that caused the entire Pacific to on guard for tsunamis.
While the quakes caused some panic, they didn’t prevent the inauguration of President Sebastian Pinera, who became president between the second and third tremors, at 12:15 p.m. local time. President Pinera declared the region hit by the recent aftershocks a disaster area.
Chile’s February 27 earthquake was strong enough to move the city of Concepcion 10 feet.