Moderate earthquake hits central Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A magnitude 5.3 earthquake shook central Chile
Thursday, scaring residents and briefly disrupting telephone communication,
No major damage or injuries were immediately reported.
The quake had its epicenter 40 kilometers (25 miles) off the coast of Zapallar,
Pacific resort city 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of the capital, Santiago, said
Emilio Lorca, director of the Seismological Institute of the University of Chile.
The government's National Emergency Office said the tremor was felt along
kilometers (500 miles) of Chile's coast.
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