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Chile: 6.2-magnitude earthquake hits the country's coast

A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit Chile's southern coast last night.

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A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit Chile's southern coast last night.

The South American country's naval oceanographic service has said there is no chance of a tsunami following the quake, which struck at 10 p.m. local time, according to Bloomberg. The quake struck 918 miles south-southwest of Santiago at a depth of 6.2 miles.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake's epicenter was 420 miles west-southwest of Puerto Montt, striking off the coast of Chile's Aysen region.

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Aysen Governor Pilar Cuevas said the quake "was not felt in Coyhaique or Puerto Aysen and the population remains calm," reported the Associated Press. The Interior Ministry Emergency Office reported no damages to infrastructure.

GlobalPost previously reported on a 6.7-magnitude earthquake that hit Chile last month, which caused minor damage and mudslides in the port city of Valparaiso. An elderly man died of a heart attack brought on by the quake, but no other injuries were reported.

Chile was also hit by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in March, which rattled buildings and led to a temporary coastal evacuation due to fear a tsunami might hit. A 74-year-old woman also died of a heart attack due to the earlier quake.

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