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7.1 quake rocks central Chile

By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Santiago, Chile, and Bogota, —

A strong earthquake rattled central Chile on Sunday, panicking residents but apparently causing no serious injuries or damage, authorities said.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured Sunday's quake at magnitude 7.1, two-tenths of a point higher than the University of Chile's calculation.

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The epicenter was near the coastal community of Tirua in the Araucania region. The site is about 385 miles southwest of the capital, Santiago.

Hundreds of people reportedly fled in their cars for higher ground, fearing a replay of tsunamis that followed the devastating quake in February that ravaged Concepcion to the north. But aside from power and cellphone outa

Added: Jan-3-2011 Occurred On: Jan-3-2011
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