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Magnitude 6.7 quake strikes Chile, no tsunami threat

2019-01-20 04:01
A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit the coast of north-central Chile on Saturday evening (January 19), the U.S. Geological Survey said, and witnesses said it rattled buildings farther south in the capital city of Santiago but left only minor damage in its wake. Video shared with Reuters showed a family attempting evacuation has the house in Coquimbo shook during moment of tremor. The quake struck at 10:32 p.m. local time (0132 GMT Sunday) about 15.6 km (9.7 miles) south-southwest of Coquimbo, the USGS said. The quake was 53 km (33 miles) below the surface, a relatively shallow tremor that shook homes and had some worried about a possible tsunami. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, however, quickly discarded a tsunami threat following the tremor.