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    According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the earthquake occurred at a depth of 80 kilometres.

    A magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck near the port city of Antofagasta, Chile, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said on Twitter on Wednesday.

    The epicentre of the quake was registered 146 kilometres southeast of Antofagasta, seismologists said.

    ​On Tuesday, the German Research Centre for Geosciences reported a 6.2 magnitude earthquake striking the Chile-Argentina border region. The tremor was registered at a depth of 162 kilometres.

    According to NASA Earth Observatory statistics, powerful earthquakes occur in Chile approximately every 25 to 100 years. The most devastating one was recorded in 1960. A 9.5 magnitude earthquake, also known as the Valdivia earthquake, set off a 10-metre tsunami and killed thousands of people.

     

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