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Strong quake strikes Chilean coast

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocks Chile's Pacific coast.

world Updated: Dec 13, 2007 13:51 IST

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck 55 kilometres north of Antofagasta, along Chile's Pacific coast, US geologists reported on Thursday.

The earthquake, which was 40 kilometres deep, took place early on Thursday 1,140 kilometres southwest of Chile's capital Santiago, the US Geological Survey said.

US geologists use the moment magnitude scale, which measures the area of the fault that ruptured and the total energy released.