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SANTIAGO (Chile): A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake has struck off Chile’s southern coast, but the authorities say it wasn’t felt on land and discounted the possibility of a tsunami.
The US Geological Survey says the quake’s epicentre was 542 kilometres west-southwest of Castro, Los Lagos. It struck on Thursday evening local time off the coast of the Aysen region and at depth of 10 kilometres.
Aysen Gov. Pilar Cuevas said that the quake “was not felt in Coyhaique or Puerto Aysen and the population remains calm.”
The Interior Ministry Emergency Office said no damages to infrastructure were reported.
Chile’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service said the characteristics of the quake would not generate the conditions for a tsunami off the coasts of Chile. -- AP