Chile's 5.6 earthquake shakes large area

Santiago de Chile - An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 on the Richter scale was felt on Tuesday in an area of Chile including the regions of Coquimbo, Valparaiso, Metropolitana, O'Higgins, Maule, Ñuble, Bio Bio, La Araucania and Los Rios.

The medium intensity earthquake occurred at 05:11 local time with an epicenter in the sea 46 kilometers west of the town of Cobquecura, in Ñuble, with a depth of 41.9 kilometers.

According to the press, many residents woke up in the middle of the morning not only because of the shaking, but also because of the loud noise going along the telluric movement.

The Navy Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service reported that the earthquake conditions do not trigger a tsunami to occur, while the National Emergency Office also detailed there is no material or human damage.

Some sources recalled that Cobquecura was the epicenter of the earthquake of February 27, 2010, considered one of the most devastating in Chile's history.

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