Strong earthquake hits Venezuelan coast

WASHINGTON, Sept 12, 2009 (AFP) - An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Moment Magnitude scale struck the coast of Venezuela on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake occurred 96 kilometers (59 miles) from the capital Caracas.

"We have not received any (information) of material damage, much less any reports of the loss of human life," said interior minister Tarek El Aissami.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a "small possibility of a local tsunami that could affect coasts located usually no more than 100 kilometers from the earthquake epicenter."

The tremor took place at 2006 GMT according to the USGS, or around 03:36 pm local time.

The closest sizable town to the quake's epicenter was Puerto Cabello, in the center of Venezuela's northern coast.

The quake stuck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), USGS said.

Source: AFP

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