Two strong aftershocks struck Chile on Friday frightening Chileans who are recovering from the damages of a historical 8.8 magnitude earthquake on Feb. 27.
The 6.0 and 6.6 magnitude earthquakes hit Chile at 6:19 a.m. and 8:47 a.m. respectively on Friday, the United States Geological Survey reported.
These two have been the most powerful aftershocks in six days.
About twelve aftershocks hit Chile just today, five surpassing a 4.9 magnitude.
It was horrible, I thought that it was going to end after the two earthquakes that were felt this morning. But the following three which happened in a short period of time, were too strong, a neighbor who didn't gave his name said, according to Chile's newspaper El Mercurio.
I don't know when this will be over, he added.
People were running in the streets, according to photos published by El Mercurio newspaper today. Also, dozens of families living in Chile's Bio-Bio region were running to higher ground fearing a tsunami, the paper noted.
Military officials discarded the risk of a tsunami following the two strong aftershocks, but people living in coastline regions, such as Bio-Bio, complain that they are not receiving enough information, the paper says.
The strongest aftershock registered since the 8.8 magnitude earthquake was a magnitude 6.9 quake near Concepcion City that same day.