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Thousands of people evacuated as Chile forest fire rages

Thousands of people have been evacuated from around the Chilean port city of Valparaiso as a forest fire raged out of control, Reuters news agency reported.

At least 4,500 people were being evacuated from Valparaiso and neighbouring Vina del Mar and a state of emergency had been declared.

The fire began in a rubbish dump and spread rapidly as it burnt some 260 hectares. Credit: Reuters
Three firefighters were taken to hospital with injuries after battling the blaze. Credit: Reuters
Firefighters were working to keep the flames from reaching populated areas of Valparaiso. Credit: Reuters
4,500 people were being evacuated from Valparaiso and neighbouring Vina del Mar. Credit: Reuters

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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.

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.

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