Friday, February 11, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: 7 Magnitude Earthquake near the coast of Chile - 11 Feb 2011

A 7 Magnitude Earthquake has hit just of the coast of Chile, 245 miles from Santiago at a depth of 11.4 miles.

A strong earthquake on Friday struck central Chile, including the capital, shaking a zone hit by a devastating quake a year ago.

There were no immediate reports of any damage, though residents fled into the street in some areas.

The quake — located offshore about 30 miles north of Concepcion, one of the hardest hit cities in last year's tragedy — was initially rated at magnitude 7.0, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Staff at the Hotel Concepcion told NBC that they felt the quake over about 30 seconds. No damage was reported there, but guests were frightened, staff said.

Emergency officials said the quake would not trigger a tsunami.

About 500 people were killed in February 2010, when Chile was hit by a massive 8.8 magnitude quake and resulting tsunamis that caused widespread devastation. Source