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Friday 29 August 2014

Magnitude 7 quake hits off Chile's northern coast

Published 16/03/2014 | 21:51

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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.

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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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