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No tsunami warning for NZ after 7.7 quake strikes southern Chile

No tsunami warning for NZ after 7.7 quake strikes southern Chile

The US Geological Survey (USGS), meanwhile, said that the earthquake's magnitude was 7.7 on the Richter scale.

There have been no reports of any damage or casualty.

A much stronger, 8.8 natural disaster in February 2010 generated a tsunami and killed 524 people in Chile.

Chile's National Emergency Office (Onemi) said a tsunami watch remained in place, and reiterated his call for Los Lagos residents to abandon beaches and go to higher ground.

A 7.7-magnitude natural disaster, with a depth of 15Km, has struck Chile, some 225Km south-west of Puerto Montt in southern Chile, according the US Geological Survey.

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President Michelle Bachelet tweeted her support for those subjected to this latest tremor.

The quake struck when most people were celebrating Christmas in the evening. All shops were closed. A coastal evacuation order had limited the number of casualties.

Chile sits on an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Ocean known as the "Ring of Fire". As a result, buildings are usually built to survive swaying.

It follows an 8.3 magnitude quake which hit the country last September killing 13.

More than 524 people were killed in a much stronger natural disaster measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale that had struck Chile in February 2010.

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