Central Chile rattled by strong earthquake

Posted on April 17, 2012

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A strong magnitude-6.7 earthquake shook central Chile, prompting authorities to order a

Greater Valparaiso

preventative evacuation of a stretch of coastline and causing hundreds of people in the capital to flee buildings in panic.

There were no immediate reports of damage or deaths, but the quake was felt for almost a minute in the port city of Valparaiso and in the capital, Santiago.

The Chilean navy’s hydrographic and oceanographic service discounted the possibility of a tsunami, but authorities maintained an order for people to move to higher ground along a roughly 500-miles stretch of coastline running from the city of Constitucion to Tongoy, north of the capital.

The US Geological Survey said the quake’s epicentre was 26 miles north east of Valparaiso, and it had a depth of 23 miles.

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