SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - A strong earthquake struck off the coast
of Chile late Thursday, but authorities reported there were no
victims or damage.
The temblor had a magnitude of 6.0 and hit a little after 10
p.m. local time (0200 GMT Friday), according to the U.S. Geological
It was centered about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of the
port city of Iquique, which lies some 1,000 miles (some 1,500
kilometers) from the capital, Santiago.
Chile's Emergency Bureau told The Associated Press the tremor
was felt moderately in Iquique and other towns in the region, but
nobody was harmed and there was no damage.
Powerful earthquakes are common in the South American nation,
which stretches along the quake-prone Pacific "Ring of Fire."
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