25 Mar '12, 11pm

7.2-magnitude quake hits central Chile

SANTIAGO: A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Chile Sunday, the US Geological Survey reported, causing scenes of panic in an area devastated by a massive quake two years ago. But there were no immediate reports of deaths or significant damage, officials in Chile said. In its first quake damage report, the Office of National Emergencies said one person was injured in a car accident in the Bio Bio region. "For now we do not have reports of any fatalities. There is some evidence of people injured, unfortunately from pieces of walls that fell," Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter said. The USGS said the quake struck at 2237 GMT some 32 kilometres (20 miles) northwest of Talca in Chile's Maule region, the same area ravaged by a massive 8.8 earthquake in late February 2010. Hundreds of people ran into the streets in Talca in panic during the quake, which was felt for nearl...

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