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Magnitude 6.5 earthquake shakes central Chile

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First published: April 17, 2012, 10:25 AM IST | Updated: April 17, 2012
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Magnitude 6.5 earthquake shakes central Chile
Authorities have ordered a preventative evacuation of parts of the coastline.

Santiago: A strong and prolonged earthquake of magnitude 6.5 has shaken central Chile. Authorities have ordered a preventative evacuation of parts of the coastline.

The US Geological Survey says the quake's epicenter was 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Valparaiso, Chile, and it had a depth of 15.5 miles (25 kilometers). It struck at just before midnight local time (3:50 Tuesday GMT).

Residents say the quake was felt for almost a minute.

Authorities say the evacuation was ordered from the city of Constitucion to Tongoy.

Chile's oceanography service discounted the possibility of a tsunami.

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