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6.2 magnitude quake hits off Chile coast – USGS


A powerful 6.2 – magnitude tremor has rocked the Chilean coast, the US Geological Survey has reported. The quake struck off at a depth of some 20 kilometers (12 miles).

The jolt occurred some 157.4 km (97.8 mi) to the south-east of Talca, a city of some 200,000 people south of the capital Santiago, late on Saturday. 

There has been no tsunami alert issued as a result of the quake.

Some 10 million people might have felt the shaking, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

However, the quake is not expected to cause casualties or major material damage.

Chile is extremely prone to earthquakes due to its sitting on the Ring of Fire, the 40,000 km-long zone that dominates the Pacific Ocean, and runs through a dozen of countries, including Chile, Indonesia, Japan, The Philippines, Peru, Guatemala, the US west coast, Mexico and Russia.

The region is responsible for some 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes and is home to some 450 volcanoes or about 75 percent of the world’s total.

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