Casualties confirmed as massive 6.7 magnitude earthquake rocks Chile

Sunday, January 20, 2019
By Paul Martin

AT LEAST two people have been killed after a huge 6.7 magnitude earthquake has rocked central Chile and left the Ring of Fire region trembling.

By Anders Anglesey
20th January 2019

Officials confirmed at least two people had died in the quake after both suffered heart attacks.

The tremor struck near the city of Coquimbo, in central Chile, according to the United States Geological Survey.

It struck at about 10.32pm local time on Saturday (1.32pm GMT) just off the coast.

The tremor also struck at a depth of about 33.5 miles.

Damage has been reported in some areas of the country.

Reports out of Coquimbo said some 200,000 people were left without power.

Initially, the quake was reported as being 6.8, but this was soon downgraded to 6.7.

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