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Chile Earthquake Measures 7.7 Magnitude

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At least two people were killed by a major earthquake of 7.7 magnitude that struck northern Chile today, authorities say.

The earthquake damaged buildings and toppled power lines in northern Chile today as terrified residents fled into the streets hundreds of kilometres from the epicentre.

The earthquake, which struck at 12:40 p.m. local time (10:40 a.m. EST), href="">measured magnitude 7.7 and was centered 780 miles north of Santiago, or 25 miles east-southeast of Tocopilla, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Work at the world's largest copper mine was disrupted because of the earthquake.

Read more about the Chile earthquake here.

Watch a silent video from CNN of Chile earthquake scenes.