6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes central Chile

By Kyle Johnson,

Central Chile was hit by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake on Saturday, but despite the shaking, no major damage was reported.

The quake, which hit 31 miles north of Valparaiso did create power outages along with shaking buildings in the area, Reuters reports. Nearly 100,000 living in the capital city of Santiago temporarily lost power, while Temuco and Valparaiso suffered only partial power outages, Chilean emergency service Onemi said.

The evening quake could be felt by those living as far away as western Argentina and southern Chile.

The Chilean navy has announced that the quake had not generated a tsunami and Onemi said that there has not been any reports of structural damage. That isn't too surprising for an area used to being shaken about by quakes.

According to The Associated Press, Chile's largest recorded earthquake was a 9.5 magnitude, which struck the country back on May 22, 1960.

Michigan Technological University's Department of Geological Engineering and Sciences noted that every year there are about 100 earthquakes across the globe that are within the 6.1 to 6.9 magnitude range.



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