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Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits the Pacific south of Chile


Santiago, Chile — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 hit the Pacific off southern Chile on Friday, but no damage was reported.

The US Geological Survey said the epicenter was 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) below the surface, about 142 kilometers (88 miles) west of Ancud, a town 1,120 kilometers ( 696 miles) south of the Chilean capital, Santiago.

The National Emergency Office said in a tweet that authorities were checking for any “possible damage to people, impairment of basic services or infrastructure.”

The Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy ruled out the possibility of a tsunami.

Chile is located along the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire” and experiences frequent earthquakes. In 2010, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed 526 people and destroyed more than 220,000 homes in the south-central part of the country.

ABC News

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