Strong quake strikes off Chile: US seismologists
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Last Updated: Monday, March 24, 2014, 03:07
  
Santiago: A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Chile's northwestern coast on Monday, but it did not trigger a tsunami, said seismologists based in the United States.

The undersea quake had a depth of six kilometers and its epicenter was about 100 kilometers from Iquique, on Chile's Pacific coast, the US Geological Survey said.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami alert.

Quakes are common off Chile's coast. On March 16 a 6.7-magnitude earthquake jolted the same area, generating a small tsunami and prompting authorities to evacuate three cities.

In February 2010, central and southern Chile were hit by a powerful earthquake of 8.8-magnitude followed by a tsunami that devastated dozens of towns.

The quake left more than 500 dead and USD 30 billion in damage to infrastructure.

AFP

First Published: Monday, March 24, 2014, 03:07


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