Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes northern Chile -USGS

by Reuters
Saturday, 22 March 2014 13:40 GMT

People wait in a tsunami safety zone after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook Iquique in northern Chile March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Cristian Vivero

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WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the northern coast of Chile on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake was located 63 miles (101 km) northwest of the copper-exporting port of Iquique and had a depth of 7.1 miles (11 km), the USGS said.

There was no immediate threat of a tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Chile's massive mines are clustered in the mineral-rich north, including Collahuasi, a partnership between Glencore Xstrata and Anglo American.

Earthquakes are frequent in the region and there was no word of any damages. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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