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7.7-magnitude earthquake in Chile, tsunami warning lifted

By
Sheri Elfman
A handout photo made available by the US Geological Survey (USGS) on 25 December 2016 of a shakemap showing the epicenter (marked with a star) of a 7.7 magnitude earthquake detected some 225 kilometers off the coast of Chile at a depth of some 15 kilometers. Photo by European Pressphoto Agency/USGS
A handout photo made available by the US Geological Survey (USGS) on 25 December 2016 of a shakemap showing the epicenter (marked with a star) of a 7.7 magnitude earthquake detected some 225 kilometers off the coast of Chile at a depth of some 15 kilometers. Photo by European Pressphoto Agency/USGS

CHILE, Argentina, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- A 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit Chile Sunday. There were tsunami warnings, but they have been lifted.

The quake hit 150 miles southwest of Puerto Montt, at a depth of 9 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

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Chile's national emergency office issued an alert and ordered an evacuation.

"As a measure of precaution, we order the evacuation of coastal areas of Biobio, Araucania, Los Rios, Aysen," the alert said.

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