6.7-magnitude quake rocks northern Chile

6.7-magnitude quake rocks northern Chile
# 31 January 2013 04:23 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocked northern Chile Wednesday afternoon, but no casualties have been reported, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The jolt occurred at 05:15 local time (2015 GMT), with its epicenter located at 77 km northwest of Vallenar, some 670 km north of Santiago, according to the University of Chile's Seismological Service.

The earthquake was felt from the northern city of La Serena to southern city of Curico.

"No damages or victims were reported and no disturbances to the basic services or infrastructures were caused by this earthquake," said Chile's National Emergency Office (Onemi).

The Chilean navy's oceanography service said there was no threat of a tsunami as a result of the quake, which knocked out electricity and telephone service in some areas.

The temblor was strong enough to send panicked residents running into the streets, and was felt even in Chile's capital Santiago.

In February 2010, a devastating 8.8-magnitude quake shattered central Chile, causing tsunami waves that claimed the lives of more than 500 and left hundreds homeless.

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