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Earthquake hits Chile

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- The U.S. Geological Survey says an
8.3-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Chile. A tsunami
warning was also issued.
      The quake hit 197 miles southwest of the capital, Santiago, and
at a depth of 36.9 miles at 1:34 a.m. EST.
      The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Chile
and Peru, and a less-urgent tsunami watch for Ecuador.
      The center said an earthquake of this size has the potential to
generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the
epicenter within minutes and more distant coastlines within
      The U.S. west coast tsunami warning center said it did not
expect a tsunami along the west of the U.S. or Canada but was
continuing to monitor the situation.