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Santiago, Chile

Earthquake Hits Chile; No Injuries Reported So Far

September 10, 2008 04:17 PM
by Emily Coakley
A moderate earthquake hit northern Chile early Wednesday morning, the latest in a spate of recorded quakes around the world this week.
An earthquake hit northern Chile just after midnight Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. Initially, the U.S. Geological Service said the Chile quake had a magnitude of 6.1, but then lowered that number to 5.8, reports Reuters. Other news outlets are reporting the quake as a 6.0.

The quake struck an area where copper mines are, Reuters said. The region’s provincial governor, Miriam Escobar, told the news service: “Things are calm now after a quake which was felt intensely by the local population. There are some reports of landslides in the region, but no damage has been reported.”

Earlier Wednesday, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Persian Gulf, just off the coast of Iran.

Today’s earthquakes are the third and fourth reported around the world this week. The South Pacific island Vanuatu was near the site of a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Monday, but no damage was reported there, the AP said.

And on Tuesday, the Indonesian island of Sumatra was hit with a 5.6-magnitude earthquake, according to Reuters India. Indonesian officials told the news service that two people died in the earthquake, and another 60 were injured.

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