Quake With A Preliminary Magnitude Of 7.0 Strikes Chile

Reuters reports that an earthquake rattled Chile this afternoon. Citing witnesses, Reuters reports that buildings in Santiago, Chile's capital, shook.

Reuters also reports that Chile's State Emergency Office says no damage has been reported yet.

The United States Geological Survey puts the quake off the shore of Chile's BioBio Region, about 28 miles from Concepcion, one of the cities that was hardest hit in last year's earthquake.

Update at 4:44 p.m. ET: A sign that things may not be too bad is that The Wall Street Journal reports that a mine near the epicenter is Okay:

State giant Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile's El Teniente underground mine, which is located south of capital city Santiago and close to the quake's epicenter, was operating normally, a company spokeswoman said.

Update at 6:47 p.m. ET: CNN International reports that Chile's president traveled to Santiago to assess the situation:

President Sebastián Piñera told TV Chile that the quake was felt from Valparaíso, north of Santiago, to the lake region in the south. He also said it was probably an aftershock of a massive and deadly temblor that rocked the region in February 2010.



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