Chile shaken by a magnitude-6.1 earthquake

A strong earthquake jolted northern Chile Monday afternoon, authorities said, damaging buildings and roads near the epicentre.

The quake hit at 1726 GMT near the city of Chanaral in Chile's north-central Atacama region, about 800 kilometres north of the capital Santiago, the Chilean emergency authority Onemi said.

Chile's seismology centre initially measured the quake at magnitude 6.1 on the Richter scale, while the US Geological Survey measured it at magnitude 6.2.

The quake collapsed part of the highway connecting the region to Santiago, and caused minor damage to some buildings in Chanaral's historic centre.

The greatest shaking was reported in the towns of Copiapo and Tierra Amarilla, Onemi said.

Chanaral and the neighbouring city of Diego de Almagro closed schools pending an assessment of damage, officials said.

Authorities said the earthquake did not present any risk of a tsunami along Chile's long Pacific coast.

Last update: Tue, 26/07/2016 - 11:36

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