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Earthquake rattles northern Chile

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:58 p.m. HST, Jun 20, 2011

SANTIAGO, Chile >> A 6.5-magnitude earthquake has rattled a sparsely populated area of northern Chile. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's epicenter was located about 55 miles west of Calama in northern Chile.

The earthquake  at 12:35 p.m. local time (6:35 a.m. Hawaii time) lasted about a minute and was felt most strongly in northern cities including Iquique, Alto Hospicio and Pica.

In the port city of Iquique, some people fled from shaking buildings into the streets, but there were no reports of victims or damage, state television reported.

Chile's national emergency office said no emergencies were reported related to the quake.

The Chilean navy's oceanography service said that the quake did not pose any threat of triggering a tsunami.


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