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  • SANTIAGO, April 30- A medium-sized earthquake struck central Chile on Wednesday afternoon, rattling buildings in the capital of Santiago but not causing any damage, according to the country's emergency office.

  • CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis reports drilling has been halted indefinitely at one drilling site in Ohio after state regulators there linked drilling to earthquake activity.

  • Regulator: Fracking causes earthquakes Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 12:45 PM ET
    A high pressure gas line crosses over a canal in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014 near Lost Hills, Calif.

    State regulators have linked earthquake activity in Ohio to fracking, confirming the suspicions of activists pushing for a ban.

  • SANTIAGO, April 2- A powerful 7.6- magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile late on Wednesday but there were no reports of damage and a precautionary tsunami alert along the coast and in neighboring Peru was called off. The area is home to many of the biggest mines in Chile, the world's top copper producer.

  • UPDATE 6-New earthquake in Chile prompts tsunami alerts Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 12:26 AM ET

    SANTIAGO, April 2- A powerful 7.6- magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile late on Wednesday, prompting tsunami alerts and evacuations along the coast and in neighboring Peru.

  • Northern Chile rocked by 7.8 magnitude aftershock Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 12:19 AM ET
    People walk along a cracked road in Iquique, northern Chile, on April 2, 2014 after a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit off Chile's Pacific coast.

    Chile's emergency office ordered a preventive evacuation of the coastline following an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 late on Wednesday.

  • 5.8 earthquake rattles Panama     Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    Following an 8.2 magnitude earthquake in Northern Chile, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake has struck the western coast of Panama. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports.

  • Huge quake rocks Chile's copper mining region Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 1:28 PM ET
    Fishing boats at the Riquelme Cove in Iquique, northern Chile, April 2, 2014, a day after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake.

    Several metal-exporting ports in the Andean country remained closed Wednesday, suggesting trade flows might be temporarily interrupted.

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 hit Panama on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The Panama quake was centered about 38 miles south of David, Panama, at a depth of 17.3 miles.

  • SANTIAGO, April 2- Chilean authorities on Wednesday were assessing the damage from a massive earthquake that struck off the northern coast, causing a small tsunami, but the impact was mostly limited, according to early indications.

  • *Copper prices rise to over three-week high. SANTIAGO, April 2- Copper operations in Chile, the world's top producer, were unscathed by a major earthquake that struck the mineral-rich north on Tuesday night and prompted the evacuations of some workers.

  • UPDATE 1-Chile mines unharmed by quake; some ports shut Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 10:51 AM ET

    SANTIAGO, April 2- Copper operations in the world's top producer were broadly unharmed after a major earthquake in mineral-rich northern Chile on Tuesday night spooked miners and prompted some preventive evacuation of workers. Chile supplies a third of the world's copper.

  • SANTIAGO, April 2- Thousands of people who evacuated Chile's low-lying coastal areas returned home on Wednesday morning after authorities called off a tsunami alarm as damage from a massive overnight earthquake seemed mostly limited.

  • SANTIAGO, April 2- Thousands of people evacuated from Chile's low-lying coastal areas returned home on Wednesday morning after authorities called off a tsunami alarm as damage from a massive overnight earthquake seemed mostly limited.

  • *Epicenter of quake off Chile's northwest coast. SANTIAGO, April 1- A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday, causing five deaths and triggering a tsunami that pounded the shore with 2- meter-tall waves.

  • *Epicenter of quake off Chile's northwest coast. SANTIAGO, April 1- A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday, causing five deaths and triggering a tsunami that pounded the shore with 2- meter-tall waves.

  • *Most mines in Chile designed to withstand tremors. SANTIAGO, April 2- Mines in world No. 1 copper producer Chile appear to have emerged unscathed from a major quake that struck near the mineral-rich north of the Andean country on Tuesday. Most mines in quake-prone Chile, which supplies around a third of the world's copper, are designed to withstand tremors.

  • Hawaii tsunami advisory issued: NOAA     Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    Brian Shiro, Geophysicist at NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, says while Chile and Peru face the highest risk of a tsunami, Hawaii could also face 1 to 3 foot waves.

  • SANTIAGO, April 2- Two people were confirmed dead and three were seriously injured when a major earthquake struck off the northern coast of Chile on Tuesday night, the governor of Iquique Gonzalo Prieto told local radio station Cooperativa.

  • *Copper jumps but pares gains as short-covering subsides. SYDNEY, April 2- London copper climbed to its highest in more than three weeks on Wednesday after a powerful earthquake off the coast of top mine supplier Chile triggered a tsunami alert, which raised supply concerns and set off a volley of technical buying.