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6.7 magnitude quake hits northern Chile: USGS

Published on Jan 31, 2013 8:00 AM
 

SANTIAGO (AFP) - A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake jolted northern Chile on Wednesday, US monitors said, knocking out electricity and local telecom services and sending panicked northerners running into the streets.

The earthquake occurred at 2015 GMT, at the relatively shallow depth of 47.5km and the epicenter was located 102km from the mining town of Copiapo, the US Geological Service said.

That is about 800 km north of the capital Santiago. Chilean authorities did not immediately report any fatalities.

The quake, which lasted longer than a minute, downed phone service and power in cities in the region, local officials said.

 
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