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article imageEarthquake in Chile measures 6.5 on Richter scale [update]

By Gar Swaffar     Apr 17, 2012 in World
Chile has become the next recipient in the spate of earthquakes striking the Pacific Ring of Fire. This one was measured at a depth of 25 km.
The moderately strong temblor was felt 70 miles (113 km) away in the capital, Santiago, Chile and was measured at 6.5 on the Richter scale by the USGS and at a depth of 25km. No reports of damage or injuries have made it out of the country yet according to TVNZ.
The epicenter of the quake nearest to hacienda La Calera, at only 14 miles (23 km). The earthquake struck at 2012-04-17 03:50:14 UTC (00:50 a.m.local time) near the coast which is west of Hacienda La Calera.
The last large earthquake in Chile was an 8.8 magnitude shaker on February 27, 2010 and occurred offshore near Bio-Bio, Chile.
UPDATE 4-17-2012 0730
The earthquake has been upgraded to a 6.7 and one elderly gentleman is deceased during the earthquake due to a heart attack reports Fox News. The temblor lasted for nearly a minute and was the cause of alarm in both Valparaiso and the capital.
Rock slides, power outages from downed lines, and communication disruptions appear at this time to be the bulk of the problems created. No major damage has been reported yet.
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