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5.8 quake rocks Chile

CONCEPCION, Chile, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile Sunday night, one year to the day a much stronger temblor killed hundreds in the South American nation.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred just before 10:30 p.m. local time at a depth of 12.4 miles. Its epicenter was 23 miles south of Concepcion, 43 miles northeast of Lebu and 291 miles south-southwest of Santiago, the nation's capital.

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CNN said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Sunday was a day of remembrance in Chile that started with President Sebastian Pinera attending a pre-dawn candlelight ceremony that included a moment of silence at 3:34 a.m., the minute a 8.8-magnitude quake struck in the coastal town of Cobquecura, killing 521 people and destroying 220,000 homes plus thousands of other buildings.

"I remember that morning as if it were today," said Pinera, who called it "the most destructive in the history of our country."

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