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Strong, moderate quakes rock Chile

Quakes struck coastal Chile late Monday and early Tuesday. This home was damaged in the earthquake on February 27.
Quakes struck coastal Chile late Monday and early Tuesday. This home was damaged in the earthquake on February 27.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A 6.7-magnitude quake and a 5.5-magnitude quake hit around midnight
  • No danger of a tsunami from the quakes, official said
  • Both temblors were centered north of Concepcion, which was heavily damaged in February
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(CNN) -- A pair of earthquakes rattled coastal Chile overnight, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

A strong 6.7-magnitude quake hit at 11:22 p.m. Monday, and a moderate 5.5-magnitude quake followed at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday.

Vicente Nuñez, director of the National Emergencies Office, appealed to Chileans to remain calm, saying there was no danger of a tsunami.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage, he said.

Both quakes were centered 35 to 45 miles north of Concepcion, which was heavily damaged by a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake on February 27.

Aftershocks have continued to rock Chile -- at least seven of magnitude 5.0 or above since Sunday.