Twin aftershocks set off brief panic in Chile

Two earthquakes, mere seconds apart, insight panic in Chileans but officials say no tsunami to come

By Associated Press
March 4, 2010 12:25AM (UTC)
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A pair of aftershocks only six seconds apart provoked a brief panic among citizens in Chile, but no tsunami warning was issued and no injuries or damage have been reported.

Some residents of Concepcion started running for high ground when an aftershock to Saturday's destructive earthquake was followed just six seconds later by another. The U.S. Geological Survey says Wednesday's temblors had preliminary magnitudes of 5.9 and 6.0, respectively. The 6.0 jolt was the strongest measured since Sunday.

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Fire officials used loudspeakers to assure residents that no tsunami was imminent. Concepcion was badly damaged by Saturday's magnitude-8.8 quake.


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