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Magnitude 7 quake hits off Chile's northern coast

Published 16/03/2014 | 21:51

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet answers a question during a news conference at the La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago, March 12, 2014. Bachelet took over the presidency of Chile in a ceremony loaded with symbolism on Tuesday, after promising to stick to her tax-and-spend campaign pledges despite a sharp economic slowdown. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: POLITICS)
Chile's President Michelle Bachelet

A strong quake struck off northern Chile on Sunday evening, triggering a preventive evacuation of part of the coastal area but apparently not causing any injuries or damage.

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake was centered 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Iquique and hit at a depth of 21 miles (32 km), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami expected.

But Chile's navy said there was a possibility of a minor tsunami between the northern towns of Arica and Tocopilla, so authorities ordered a preventive evacuation of part of the coastline after the quake.

The ONEMI emergency office said that preliminarily no damage or injuries had been reported.

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