A massive earthquake off the coast of Chile will not affect the country’s fruit production or exports.
The 8.2-magnitude quake struck off the coast of northern Chile April 1. It triggered landslides, generated a tsunami and killed five people, according to news stories.
But the quake, which hit 60 miles northwest of Iquique, will have no effect on fruit production or fruit exports, said Karen Brux, North American managing director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, San Carlos, Calif.
“There has been no impact on fruit movement,” said Brux, who received a report from Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) officials. “Everything’s moving along just fine. If you look at a map and see where the earthquake occurred, it was far, far north.”
Chile is located along a ring of volcanoes and fault lines that circles the Pacific Basin and is prone to earthquakes.
A huge earthquake hit the central and southern regions of Chile’s fruit belt in 2010, causing significant damage to growing areas, packing sheds, cold storage facilities and ports.