Large Quake Hits Chile, Rattles Buildings

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

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 on feeling the tremor around 5 p.m. local time.

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 but later revised to 6.8, 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.

People in the capital Santiago, some 245 miles northwest of the epicenter, also felt the earthquake.

More than 500 people were killed and 200,000 left homeless on Feb. 27, 2010, when Chile was hit by a massive 8.8 magnitude quake and resulting tsunamis that caused widespread devastation.

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