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6.1-magnitude quake hits northern Chile

English.news.cn   2014-03-24 05:29:51

NEW YORK/SANTIAGO, March 23 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted the northern coast of Chile on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake was located 97 kilometers west-northwest of the port city of Iquique, capital of both the Iquique Province and Tarapaca region, and had a depth of 6.16 kilometers, the USGS said.

The epicenter was initially determined to be at 19.7707 degrees south latitude and 70.9467 degrees west longitude, it added.

Meanwhile, the University of Chile's seismological service said the quake occurred at 3:20 p.m. local time 95 km northwest of Iquique, with a depth of 34 kilometers.

It was followed by aftershocks of 5.3 magnitude in the same area.

Chile's National Emergency Office's regional branch in Tarapaca said power failures were reported in Iquique community, but so far no human victims or material damages have been reported.

Also, the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy said that this quake did not have the necessary conditions to generate a tsunami off Chile's Pacific coast.

Many small quakes have struck the region in the past days, causing alarm among the population of several cities.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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