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Magnitude-6.2 quake hits Chile's northern coast

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The Associated Press | March 17, 2014 01:48 AM EST | AP


GOLDEN, Colorado (AP) — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has shaken Chile's northern Pacific shore just hours after a stronger 6.7-magnitude quake hit the same region.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has no tsunami warning in effect.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that this latest quake hit late Sunday night, or at 0511 GMT.

The USGS report says the earthquake occurred offshore at a depth of 6.6 miles (10.6 milometers). Its epicenter was 46 miles northwest of Iquique, Chile.

The region has had a series of strong shocks since the quake earlier Sunday, registering between 4.9 and 5.2 magnitude.

The earlier quake caused more than 100,000 people to briefly evacuate some coastal areas as a precaution. Minor damage was reported.

Chile is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries.