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Earthquake strikes off Chile

This news story was published on April 17, 2012.
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SANTIAGO, Chile — A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Chile early Tuesday, prompting widespread evacuations, but no reports of damage, authorities said.

The quake hit northwest of the coastal town of Valparaiso, according to the geophysics department of University of Chile in Santiago.

The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.7.

Authorities ordered an evacuation of low-lying coastal areas from Tongoy in the north to the southern town of Constitucion..

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that there was little risk of a tsunami from the data available.

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