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A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck near the coast of Northern Chile on Tuesday, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences said, and some damage and minor landslides were reported in areas near the epicenter, according to local media.
A number of people living near the coast were evacuated as a precaution, according to BNO News. There were no reports of casualties.
GFZ reported aftershocks of around magnitudes 6.2 and 5.5.
There was no tsunami threat from the earthquake, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
GFZ earlier showed the magnitude as 7, with the quake at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).
Chile is on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin which is prone to frequent earthquakes.
In June, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Chile´s mineral-rich northern desert. Damage in that quake was minimal and mining companies in the region said their operations had not been affected.
Mine facilities and other infrastructure in Chile are built to withstand extraordinarily large quakes.
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The quake hit at a depth of 56.7 km (35.23 miles), the USGS added. EMSC, which first reported the quake, revised down its magnitude to 5.5 from 6.2 earlier.
The US Geological Survey said the tremor had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4. Its epicentre was 27.6 kilometers (17 miles) southwest of the town of Porcito and struck at a depth of 14 kilometres (nearly nine miles).
The authorities said, “We strongly encourage everyone to rely solely on our official channels for accurate information to avoid unnecessary worry.”
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