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Chile hit by a 6.8 -magnitude earthquake; Turkey hit by a 5.3 -magnitude earthquake earlier on the same day.

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On Sunday evening 21:39 GMT, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported a 6.8 magnitude earthquake, that struck off the coast of Southern Chile. The earthquake occurred at a depth of around 10 kilometres and 163 kilometres from Valdivia in the Pacific Ocean.

There has been no reports of injuries or damages, and Chilean authorities reported that there is no risk of a tsunami. The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that earthquake has a low chance to cause damage or cause injuries, and was ranked as green.

Chile is not new to earthquakes, and have suffered catastrophic earthquakes before. In 2010, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile 1.9 miles off the coast of Pelluhue. A tsunami soon followed causing the deaths of 525 people. Back in 1960, a 9.5-magnitude earthquake struck Valdivia, which triggered a massive tsunami. It is estimated that around 1,600 died due to the earthquake and tsunami that followed. The damage costed the country around $550 million.

Also, on Sunday morning, a 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck Eastern Turkey. It struck at 9.37am in the Elazig province.

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