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No Tsunami From Earthquake in Chile

Posted November 14, 2012, 10:12 AM HST Updated November 14, 2012, 01:51 PM HST
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This Google Maps image shows the location of today’s Chile earthquake.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 that struck near the coast of Chile today was apparently not strong enough to generate a significant tsunami.

The US Geological Survey reported that the tremor occurred at 9:02 a.m. Hawaii time at a depth of 38 miles. Its epicenter was about 55 miles north of the port city of Coquimbo, which has a population of more than 400,000.

The Reuters news service reported that the quake caused buildings to sway in the capital city of Santiago, located about 300 miles to the south.

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Chile was the location of the 9.5-magnitude earthquake in 1960 that generated a tsunami that devastated Hilo and killed 61 on the Big Island.

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