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6.1 magnitude earthquake shakes Coquimbo, Chile

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10:03, January 18, 2012

SANTIAGO, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- A 6.1-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday shook Coquimbo region, in northern Chile, according to Chile's University Seismological Institute.

Chile's National Emergency Office said the earthquake didn't caused structural damages or in the basic services, although some local media reported difficulties in telephone communications.

The earthquake was reported at 2021 local time (2321 GMT) with an epicenter in Los Vilos, in Coquimbo region, at 450 kilometers north of Santiago. The seism was felt in Chile's capital and the southern regions of Maule and O'higgins.

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