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Earthquake of Magnitude 6.7 Rattles Central Chile

  • The epicenter was located in the ocean, almost 16 miles west of Valparaiso.

    The epicenter was located in the ocean, almost 16 miles west of Valparaiso. | Photo: @24HorasTVN

Published 24 April 2017
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The earthquake did not cause a risk of a tsunami, said the Chilean National Emergency Office.

An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 shook the center of Chile Monday, reported the National Seismological Center of the University of Chile, while the U.S. Geological Survey registered at 7.1 magnitude.

The quake occurred at 6:38 local time in the central zone of the South American country. The epicenter was located in the ocean, almost 16 miles west of Valparaiso. It lasted for several seconds and was felt in the tallest buildings. At least two aftershocks have been registered in the central area, according to Publimetro.

The National Emergency Office of the Ministry of Interior and Public Security ordered a preventive evacuation of the coastal areas of the Valparaiso and O'Higgins regions but later canceled it because there was no danger of a tsunami.

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