Strong Earthquake Rattles Northern Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 26 (UPI) — An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale rattled northern Chile Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake was centered in the Atacama region, 375 miles north of Santiago. The shaking alarmed area residents still on edge after February’s 8.8-magnitude earthquake but appears to have done little damage, Radio Universidad de Chile reported.

The Feb. 27 quake has been followed by a series of smaller, but still significant, temblors. That quake was so big NASA reports it affected the speed of earth’s rotation, changing the length of the day slightly, and it moved the city of Concepcion 10 feet to the west, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Quakes in the 6-magnitude range are considered strong, with enough force to cause significant damage within 50 miles of the epicenter.

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