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Chile struck by 6.5-magnitude earthquake

May 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 struck off the coast of Chile Monday, according to the USGS.

The quake was centered nearly 600 kilometers from the city of Puerto Quellon at 5:49 a.m. local time.

Geologists said the quake was relatively shallow, but there was no danger of a tsunami.

Chile is highly earthquake-prone. A magnitude-8.8 quake struck Chile in 2010 and caused a tsunami that obliterated much of the coastal downtown of the central Chilean city of Constitucion. The quake killed more than 500 people and destroyed 220,000 homes.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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