Strong 6.2 magnitude aftershock hits off northern Chile

Strong 6.2 magnitude aftershock hits off northern Chile
People stay on higher grounds in a tsunami safety zone after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook the region, in Iquique city, north of Santiago.

WASHINGTON - A strong aftershock 6.2 in magnitude struck offshore northern Chile early on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake nearby on Sunday that caused only minor damage but led to brief evacuations along the coast.

The aftershock struck 76 km west-northwest of Iquique at 2:11 a.m. local time (1.11pm local time) at a relatively shallow depth of 11 km, USGS said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Following the earlier quake, Chile's massive copper mines, clustered in the mineral-rich North, appeared to be fine.

Collahuasi, a partnership between Glencore Xstrata and Anglo American, located in the area, said operations were normal. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said following the earlier quake that there was no tsunami expected.

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