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Central Chile Hit by Mid-Intensity Quake; No Damage Reported

January 09, 2012

(Updates with USGS data on second paragraph.)

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- A “medium-intensity” earthquake in central Chile has produced no immediate reports of damage, injury or interruption of services, the government emergency service, known as Onemi, said on its website.

The temblor, which affected the regions of Coquimbo, Santiago and O’Higgins at about 6:30 p.m. local time, measured IV on the Mercalli seismic scale in Tiltil, located in the northern area of the Santiago metropolitan area, Onemi reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said on its website that the epicenter of the 5.1-magnitude temblor was 122 kilometers (76 miles) north-northwest of capital Santiago.

Chile, which in February 2010 was hit by an 8.8-magnitude earthquake, is the world’s largest producer of copper. Most of the mines are in the country’s northern region.

--Editor: Robert Jameson

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