24 Apr 2010

Another earthquake in Chile

10:09 am on 24 April 2010

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck central Chile in the same region that was badly damaged in a powerful quake in February.

No damage or casualties have been reported.

The United States Geological Survey said it occurred at 6.03am local time on Friday, 66km south of Concepcion, at a depth of 35km.

Concepcion is the second-largest city in Chile. It was badly damaged by a magnitude 8.8 earthquake and an ensuing tsunami on 27 February.

Total damage has been estimated at $US30 billion. Nearly 500 people were killed.

More than 1.5 million houses across the country were damaged.