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Strong earthquake, little damage in northern Chile

/ 09:41 PM June 03, 2020

SANTIAGO, Chile — A strong earthquake shook northern Chile early Wednesday, but its epicenter was relatively deep beneath a sparsely populated desert region and there were no reports of serious damage or injury.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.8 quake hit at 3:35 a.m. (0735 GMT), with an epicenter 48 kilometers (30 miles) south-southwest of San Pedro de Atacama and 96.8 kilometers (60.1 miles) below the surface.

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Local residents called the Cooperativa radio station to report rock slides and some cuts in electrical service. Emergency officials didn’t immediately report major damage.

The area is a center of mining activity.

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