Strong earthquake hits off Central Chile coast

10:11, March 12, 2010      

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A strong earthquake measuring 7. 2 on the Richter scale hit off coast of Central Chile, at 11:00 p. m. Thursday at Hong Kong time (1500 GMT), according to a bulletin released by Hong Kong Observatory.

The epicenter was initially determined to be 34.3 degrees south latitude and 72.0 degrees west longitude, about 160 kilometers southwest of Santiago, Chile.

Source: Xinhua
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