Strong quake hits off Chile's North coast, no damage




 
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March 16th, 2014  
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Topic: Strong quake hits off Chile's North coast, no damage


A strong quake struck off northern Chile on Sunday evening, triggering a preventive evacuation of part of the coastal area but not causing any injuries or damage to the country's crucial copper mines. The magnitude 6.7 quake, originally measured as a 7.0, was centered 37 miles west-northwest of Iquique and hit at a depth of 12.4 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The ONEMI emergency office said that preliminarily no damage or injuries had been reported after the shake, which struck at 6:16 p.m. local time (2116 GMT). Chile's massive mines, clustered in the mineral-rich North, appeared to be fine.

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