2 dead after 6.7 magnitude earthquake hits Chile's coast

By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
January 20, 2019, 9:34:23 AM EST


Damage has been reported after a strong magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck near Coquimbo in central Chile, prompting a tsunami warning that was canceled a short time later, officials say.

The quake prompted a tsunami warning that was canceled a short time later.

Damage has been reported at a number of locations. Two people reportedly died after suffering heart attacks, according to Reuters.

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) downgraded the magnitude of the earthquake from a 6.8 to a 6.7.

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Damage was reported in La Serena, Chile after the strong earthquake.

Aftershocks continue to rattle the region with magnitudes varying from 4.0 to 4.5.

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People outside their houses are seen along a street after an earthquake in Coquimbo, Chile January 19, 2019. Picture taken Jan. 19, 2019. REUTERS/Alejandro Pizarro

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