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Strong aftershock hits central Chile, shaking felt in Santiago

A strong earthquake struck just off the coast of north-central Chile on Monday, causing buildings as far away as the capital Santiago to sway, seismologists and witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the tremor, which follows last week's major earthquake that killed at least 14 people in Chile and neighboring Argentina.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which measured the earthquake at magnitude 6.5, said the epicenter was located about 63 kilometers (39 miles) west-southwest of Illapel, or about 211 kilometers (131 miles) north-northwest of Santiago. That location is close to the epicenter of last week's deadly earthquake.

Chile's National Seismological Center put the preliminary magnitude of Monday's earthquake at 6.7. Both Chile's Hydrographical and Oceanographical Service of the Navy (SHOA) and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a tsunami from the earthquake, which struck at 2:40 p.m. local time and was widely felt across the region.

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