Strong earthquake strikes off Chilean coast, no damage reported
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 00:35
Oct. 31 - A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hits Chilean coast. No injuries or damage reported although there are some isolated power and cellphone outages. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile on Thursday (October 31), the United States Geological Survey reported.
The quake was centered 35 miles (56 km) southwest of Coquimbo and at a depth of 6.6 miles (11 km), the USGS said.
There were no initial reports of injuries or damage, though the quake caused buildings in the capital Santiago to sway.
Paolo Marin of Chile's National Emergency Office said there were isolated power and cellphone outages.
"There are no injured people because of this situation. Nor do we have infrastructure damage. The information we have at the moment is that there have just been a few isolated interruptions in sectors of Coquimbo region also telephone congestion because some people have used their cellphones after the earthquake occurred," he said.
Mining operations in Chile, the world's No. 1 copper producer, also were not affected, according to initial reports.
The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake was not expected to cause a destructive widespread tsunami, though it could generate local tsunamis that posed a threat along coasts within 62 miles (100 km) of the epicenter.
Seismically-active Chile was battered in February 2010 by an 8.8 magnitude quake and ensuing tsunami, which caused billions in damage and killed hundreds.
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