Strong quake off Chile coast, no known damage

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Associated Press

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 22 at 10:04 AM

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Seismologists say a magnitude-6.2 earthquake has struck off Chile's northern coast, alarming local residents but causing no reported damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 7:59 a.m. (8:59 EDT; 1259 GMT) and it was centered 60 miles (96 kilometers) north-northwest of the coastal city of Iquique.

Chile's national emergency office said there were no reports of damage or problems with infrastructure.

Officials discounted any possible tsunami. They had evacuated thousands of people from the shore last week as a precaution after a magnitude-6.7 quake in the same region.

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