Strong magnitude-6.6 earthquake rocks north Chile


A 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked
north-central Chile on Thursday, causing buildings to sway in the
capital and nervous people to run out into the streets.

But Chile’s emergency services office said no damages to
infrastructure were reported and Chile’s Navy discarded the possibility
of a tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was located
about 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of the city of Coquimbo or
about 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Santiago. Its depth was 10
kilometers (6 miles).

Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. A
magnitude-8.8 quake and the tsunami it unleashed in 2010 killed more
than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks,
riverfronts and seaside resorts.

That quake was so strong it shortened the Earth’s day slightly by
changing the planet’s rotation. The strongest earthquake ever recorded
also happened in Chile, a magnitude-9.5 in 1960 that killed more than
5,000 people.

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