Earthquake sparks tsunami fears

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake shook southern Chile yesterday, frightening hundreds of people who fled for higher ground, fearing it could generate a tsunami.

There were no reports of deaths, and no tsunami alert was issued. Some mobile-phone communications were knocked out in Araucania where the quake was centred, 370 miles south-west of the capital, Santiago.

Residents of the region have fresh memories of the magnitude-8.8 quake and resulting tsunami in February 2010 that killed at least 521 people.

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