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USGS: Strong Aftershocks Hit Chile

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Two strong aftershocks, measuring 6.0 and 5.9 on the Richter scale respectively, jolted Chile on Wednesday within one minute to each other, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported on its website.

The 6.0-magnitude quake shook Maulee, about 115 kilometers from Concepcion, the most affected major city in the 8.8-magnitude tremor that rocked Chile on Feb. 27, at about 2:44 PM local time (1744 GMT).

The 5.9-magnitude quake jolted offshore Bio-Bio just seconds earlier. Its epicenter was 39 kilometers from Concepcion, at a depth of 35 kilometers. The quake was preliminarily rated at 6.3.

(Xinhua News Agency March 4, 2010)

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