6.7 Earthquake Rattles Chile

Buildings shudder, but no major damage reported
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 17, 2012 2:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – A powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake shook Chile early today, shuddering buildings and sending panicked residents fleeing outdoors. There was an early report of a death by heart attack during the quake that struck 25 miles northeast of the eastern port city of Valparaiso. The temblor was felt for almost a minute in Valparaiso and Santiago. Officials ordered the evacuation of a stretch of coastline as a precaution, but there was no tsunami alert, Reuters reports. The quake knocked out power and phone service in parts of Santiago, but there were no other early reports of major damage, reports AP. (Read more earthquake stories.)

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