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2 earthquakes hit Chile, South Shetland Islands; no major damage

2 earthquakes hit Chile, South Shetland Islands; no major damage
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By CNBCTV18.COM  Jan 24, 2021 9:38:03 AM IST (Updated)

The quake in the South Shetland Islands had a magnitude of 6.9 with a depth of 9.6 kilometers, according to the USGS.

Two almost simultaneous earthquakes were felt on Saturday in the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica and in central Chile, where buildings shook in the country's capital. No casualties or damage were immediately reported.

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The quake in the South Shetland Islands had a magnitude of 6.9 with a depth of 9.6 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, while the earthquake in Chile had a magnitude of 5.8.
Chiles Interior Ministry said on Twitter the South Shetland Islands quake was 216 kilometers northeast of the country's OHiggins scientific base, and called for coastal regions in Antarctica to be evacuated because of tsunami risk.
Almost simultaneously a 5.8 magnitude quake swayed buildings in central Chile, including in the capital of Santiago. The quake had a depth of 110 kilometers.
"As of this moment, there are no reports of damages to people or infrastructure or of alterations to basic services because of this earthquake," said Chile's national emergency center Onemi.
Some people in Chile received the evacuation message on their cellphones by mistake, which authorities attributed to a technical error. The mistake led to confusion and local media showed hundreds of people starting to evacuate in the coastal region of La Serena in the country's north. They were later told it was a false alarm.
More than 160 people evacuated the four Chilean bases in Antarctica, Onemi reported.
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