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6.4 quake hits Chile’s coast; no Pacific tsunami generated

SANTIAGO, Chile >> A powerful magnitude-6.4 earthquake has shaken Chile’s Pacific coast but there were no immediate reports of major damages or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of less than a mile and its epicenter was 45 miles west of Coquimbo, Chile.

Chilean authorities said the quake struck at 8:19 p.m. local time today and was centered under the ocean. There was no tsunami warning issued.

Chile is located in the so-called “Ring of Fire,” which makes it one of the most seismic countries in the world. An 8.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami in 2010 killed 525 people and left 26 missing.

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