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article imageMagnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off northern Chile

By AFP     Jul 13, 2014 in World

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile's coast on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.

The agency said the quake hit at 4:54 pm (2054 GMT) in the Pacific Ocean 22 kilometers (14 miles) west of Iquique, Chile, at a depth of 35.7 kilometers.

An 8.2-magnitude quake in the same area in April killed six people and forced a million to leave their homes in the region around Iquique, 1,800 kilometers north of the capital Santiago.

Chile is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, and is located in the so-called Ring of Fire area of the Pacific Ocean basin.

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