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Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake rocks Chile - March 16, 2014

Written By Real Kevin Jay on Monday, March 17, 2014 | 9:26 AM

Breaking News: Magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocks Chile March 16, 2014. Local authorities are inspecting if there are big damages made by the earthquake.

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit off the northern coast of Chile at a depth of 21 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said Sunday.

The quake, at 2:16 p.m. local time, was centered 40 miles northwest of Iquique, the USGS said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no tsunami was expected.

A second quake, a 5.1 at almost the exact same location, followed 10 minutes later.

Chilean authorities said they ordered a preventive evacuation of part of the northern coastline.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

— Reuters contributed to this report

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