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A 5.7-magnitude earthquake strikes Chile.

Image Credit: Earthstar Geographics

Minutes ago a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the South Pacific Ocean, 109 km west of Vallenar, Provincia de Huasco, Atacama, Chile at 3.38pm local time. The quake occurred at a shallow depth of 10km.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might revised later on as seismologists review their data and calculations, or else as other agencies issue their report.

It is not expected to have caused any significant damage, but most likely some towns close to the epicenter felt a weak shaking. So far Vallenar (pop. 44,900) located 96 km from the epicenter is the most likely town that felt the shaking. La Serena which is located 148km from the epicenter most likely did not felt any shaking.

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