7.1 Earthquake Hits Southern Chile - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

7.1 Earthquake Hits Southern Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile - Chilean officials and the U.S. Geological Survey say a magnitude-7.1 quake has shaken southern Chile, sending hundreds fleeing for higher ground for fear that it would generate a tsunami.

Chilean navy officials say there is no threat of a tsunami, however. There are no immediate reports of deaths or damages, but some cell-phone communications were lost in the quake, which the SGS says was centered in the Araucania region, 370 miles (595 kilometers) southwest of the capital, Santiago.

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