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No Tsunami from 6.6-Magnitude Chile Earthquake

October 31, 2013, 3:27 PM HST
* Updated October 31, 3:31 PM
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An earthquake that struck off the coast of Chile early this afternoon did not generate a Pacific-wide tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

The 6.6-magnitude tremor occurred at 1:03 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time.

According to the US Geological Survey, it struck at a depth of 6.6 miles.

Its epicenter was located 37 miles southwest of the port city of Coquimbo, which has a population of about 170,000.

The area off the coast of Chile is one of the most geologically active areas in the world.

Coquimbo was also the location of a 1922 earthquake that had a magnitude of 8.5.

The largest in recent times was the 8.8-magnitude tremor that struck southern Chile in 2010.

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