Strong Aftershock Strikes Southern Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 5 (UPI) — A 6.3-magnitude aftershock hit southern Chile Friday near the epicenter of an earthuake that ravaged the country a week ago, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The USGS said the latest jolt struck offshore about 25 miles west of Concepcion, which sustained heavy damage in the 8.8-magnitude earthquake Saturday and a tsunami that followed, The New York Times reported.

Officials said they had no immediate reports on damage or casualties from the latest seismic activity.

Emergency management officials announced Thursday they had overestimated the death toll from the quake, lowering the figure from about 805 people to 279. Carmen Fernandez, the emergency management agency’s director, told the Times officials in several communities mistakenly included names of people who were missing on lists of those who had died.

Officials said the death toll still could change significantly over time because many people were missing and not all of the dead have been identified.

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