7.0 Earthquake Hits Off Coast of Chile

No major tsunami threat so far
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2014 5:14 PM CDT
In this photo taken Nov. 29, 2012, a bare lone tree is part of the landscape on the shores of La Boca beach in Navidad, Chile.   (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

(Newser) – A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile today and forced Chilean officials to order an evacuation along the northern coastline, Reuters reports. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake hit at a depth of 21 miles and was centered 40 miles northwest of the port city of Iquique. The good news: The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there's no tsunami threat, although people were evacuated between the northern towns of Tocopilla and Arica due to the chance of a minor tsunami. So far, no reports of damage or injury.

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