6.7-magnitude quake hits Chile


Santiago, Jan 20 : An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale the Chilean port city of Coquimbo with no immediate reports of casualties or damages.
Authorities did not issue a tsunami alert.

Chile is located along the so-called Ring of Fire, which makes it one of the most seismic countries in the world.

The quake struck at 10.32 p.m. on Saturday with the epicentre some 13 km east of the town of Tongoy and 428 km north of capital Santiago, said the National Seismological Centre of the University of Chile.

The focus of the tremor was located at a depth of 50.1 km, reports Xinhua news agency.

An 8.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami in 2010 killed 525 people.

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