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Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hits Northern Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile -- A magnitude-6.2 earthquake has shaken a northern region of Chile, but no injuries or major damages have been reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado says the quake was centered in Putre, about 40 miles from the port of Arica near the border with Peru.

The quake happened about 9:30 a.m. local time and had a depth of about 70 miles.

Chile's national emergency agency says the quake caused some alarm among the population, but that it has had no reports of injuries or damages.

On Feb. 27, 2010, a magnitude-8.8 quake in central Chile killed 524 people and left 31 missing.