World news – 7.0 magnitude earthquakes near Chilean Antarctic base, officials say

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A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Antarctica on Saturday. Authorities issued a tsunami warning for the Chilean base Eduardo Frei on the cold continent.

The quake occurred at 8:36 p.m. (2336 GMT) about 210 kilometers east of the base at a depth of 10 kilometers, the Chilean said National Emergency Office (Onemi) with and called for the evacuation from the beach area of ​​Antarctica « before a possible tsunami.

The base of the Chilean Air Force is the largest in the country in Antarctica and includes a village, a hospital, a school, a Bank, post office and chapel.

The maximum population in summer is 150 people and the average population in winter is 80.

An unrelated 5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred near Saturday night Santiago, but Onemi said no significant damage or impact was reported.

Chile is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, with a temblor of 8.8 mag in the city of Concepcion a On February 27, 2010, more than 500 people died.

The country suffered the strongest earthquake ever recorded 60 years ago in the city of Valdivia with a magnitude of 9.6.

(Except for the heading this story was not edited by NDTV staff and published from a syndicated feed.)

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