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2 quakes shake part of Chile's Pacific shoreline

Schoolchildren get cover under the desks during an earthquake drill in Santiago, on November 8, 2012.
Schoolchildren get cover under the desks during an earthquake drill in Santiago, on November 8, 2012.
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Two earthquakes struck off Chile's Pacific coast Sunday, and Chilean authorities called for a precautionary evacuation along a stretch of shoreline in case of a tsunami. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Chile's geophysical agency put the initial quake's preliminary magnitude at 6.4, while the U.S. Geological Survey reported it at magnitude 7.0. The USGS said a second quake that hit about 10 minutes later and 15 miles away registered a preliminary magnitude of 5.1.

Chilean officials said that after the first strong quake, a precautionary evacuation was ordered on the coast around the area where the Arica and Parinacota region adjoins the Tarapaca region.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later said there did not appear to be a threat of a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami.

The USGS said the first quake struck about 4:16 p.m. and its epicenter was 61 kilometers (37 miles) northwest of Iquique, Chile. The second hit at 4:26 p.m. about 36 kilometers (22 miles) north-northwest of Iquique, Chile.