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Earthquake rattles northern Chile Monday

5:01 PM, Jun 20, 2011   |    comments
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SANTIAGO, Chile - A 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled a sparsely populated area of northern Chile on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake's epicenter was located about 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of Calama in northern Chile, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The earthquake at 12:35 p.m. local time (12:35 p.m. EDT; 1635 GMT) lasted about a minute and was felt most strongly in northern cities including Iquique, Alto Hospicio and Pica.

In the port city of Iquique, some people fled from shaking buildings into the streets, but there were no reports of victims or damage, state television reported. Chile's national emergency office said no emergencies were reported related to the quake.

The Chilean navy's oceanography service said that the quake did not pose any threat of triggering a tsunami.

The Associated Press

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