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7 Magnitude Earthquake Near Chilean Antarctic Base: Officials

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7 Magnitude Earthquake Near Chilean Antarctic Base: Officials

Officials urged evacuation from beach area of Antarctic ahead of a possible tsunami (Representational)

Santiago, Chile:

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Saturday off the coast of Antarctica, with authorities issuing a tsunami warning for researchers at Chile’s Eduardo Frei base on the frigid continent, emergency officials said.

The quake struck at 8:36 pm (2336 GMT) about 210 kilometers (130 miles) east of the Eduardo Frei base at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), Chile’s National Emergency Office said, urging evacuation from “the beach area of the Antarctic” ahead of a possible tsunami.

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