Earthquake hits Chile

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 27, 2010 02:52 hrs

Santiago: A magnitude-6.2 earthquake hit northern Chile's Atacama region, but no casualties or damage was reported.

The temblor struck at 11:52 A.M. (2022 IST) on Friday and its epicentre was near Copiapo, a town 804 km north of Santiago, the US Geological Service said.

Seismologists at the University of Chile measured the earthquake at magnitude-5.9 on Richter scale.

Chile says earthquake and tsunami left 700 dead

It was the second powerful quake which struck northern Chile this month after the magnitude-6.3 temblor of March 4.

Preliminary reports say Friday's earthquake caused some landslides, while authorities in Copiapo ordered evacuation of schools and other public buildings.

A supervisor at the Onemi emergency management office, Eva Cansino, told state television that Friday's quake was not an aftershock of the magnitude-8.8 temblor that rocked south-central Chile Feb. 27, leaving more than 400 dead and some 800,000 people injured or displaced.

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