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Earthquake rocks Chilean capital Santiago

A strong, magnitude 6.6 earthquake shook buildings in Chile's capital Santiago.

The epicenter was 31 miles north-northeast of the port city of Valparaiso, the US Geological Service said.

There were no reports of casualties or significant damage but local media reported there were power cuts

Observatory captures stunning images of star clusters

The La Silla Observatory in Chile has captured this dramatic image showing two intense star formations in the Milky Way galaxy.

The cluster of stars on the left of the image is known NGC 3603 and is located 20,000 light years away.

Two star formations in the Milky Way captured by the La Silla Observatory in Chile Credit: ESO/G. Beccari

The region of glowing gas clouds on the right of the image appears to be next to the cluster, but is in fact only 9,000 light years away.

The gas clouds have two distinctive curves, like the horns of a ram, caused by "stellar winds from the hot, young stars within the central regions of the nebula, which have blown the dust and gas outwards across a hundred light-years".

The region around the cosmic factory NGC 3603, located about 20,000 light-years away Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2

The European Southern Observatory, which is supported by 15 European countries, operates three large observing sites in Chile.

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Chilean striker gets tattoo of missed shot against Brazil

Chilean striker Mauricio Pinilla now has a permanent reminder of his 119th minute shot which hit the crossbar in the final seconds of his team's World Cup match against Brazil.

Instead of trying to forget how close he came to scoring the last minute winner - which would have knocked Brazil out of the tournament - the footballer has had the moment inked on his back.

The tattoo shows the moment Phinilla's shot hit the crossbar with the words "One centimetre from glory" written below.

The 1-1 game was decided by penalties, with Brazil winning 3-1 in the shoot-out.

'Can I take him home?' Harry smitten by baby in Chile

Prince Harry, a self confessed big kid, found himself right at home when he played with a group of toddlers and children at a Chilean kindergarten on the first day of his official visit to the South American country.

Prince Harry during a visit to a kindergarten for indigenous children in Santiago Credit: Dan Charity/The Sun/PA Wire

Harry was so smitten with one of the babies he said: "Who does this little one one belong to? Otherwise I'll take him home."

The fourth in line to the throne arrived to Chile on Thursday for an action-packed three-day visit.

The Prince has met Chile's President Michelle Bachelet at the La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago and attended the Queen's Birthday Party at the British Ambassador's residence in Santiago.

The fourth in line to the throne met Chile's president Michelle Bachelet. Credit: REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

Harry was also welcomed by special forces unit at their base outside Santiago, where he met with officers and soldiers and was briefed on their roles and military capabilities.

Harry is presented with a ceremonial knife at Peldehue in Chile Credit: PA

Prince Harry will join in the World Cup excitement that has struck Chile when he watches the nation take on Brazil today.

"I cannot finish without mentioning football - although this is a very sore subject at home - and the diplomatic challenge I face having just spent the last four days in Brazil," the royal said last night.

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Chile wildfire: at least 12 dead and 2,000 homes lost

Firefighter work to put out a fire in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, Chile. Credit: Reuters\Eliseo Fernandez

At least 12 people have been killed and 2,000 homes destroyed by a wild fire that devastated parts of the Chilean port city of Valparasio over the weekend.

Firefighters work to put out a fire in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, Chile. Credit: Reuters\Eliseo Fernandez

Pushed by strong Pacific coast winds, the fire started on Saturday and rampaged over 700 hectares (1,700 acres) of forest and hilly residential neighborhoods including La Cruz and Las Canas, authorities said.

A resident, whose home was damaged by a major fire, sits in Memory Square in the centre of the fire zone. Credit: Reuters\Lucas Ninno

The Chilean Congress, which is housed in Valparaiso, was spared by the blaze, as was the city's historic quarter with its late 19th century architecture.

Chilean President declares state of emergency

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has declared a state of emergency and sent the army in to maintain order after a wildfire destroyed 500 houses in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso.

Residents of the this morning awoke to stench-filled scene of smoke, ash and sirens. Marines have been patrolling the streets while ambulance crews treat people for smoke inhalation and other injuries.

A man digs through the rubble of a home destroyed by wildfires. Credit: REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

While the blaze inflicting most of the damage overnight, firefighters today continued to try to douse active points of the blaze.

"It is still not completely extinguished," Ricardo Bravo, a local government official said.

Residents survey the damage of the wildfire. Credit: REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez
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