6.7 magnitude quake jolts Chile

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A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit north-central Chile on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said. (Reuters photo)

A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit north-central Chile on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake struck at a depth of 53 kilometers (33 miles) with an epicenter some 15 kilometers southwest of Coquimbo.

The earthquake, which hit at 0132 GMT (Sunday), was felt in Valparaiso, O’Higgins and the region of the capital Santiago, as well as in Atacama and Coquimbo up north.

Thousands of homes lost power, which showed how intense the quake was, according to Ricardo Toro of the National Emergency Office.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries.

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