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Olympic skiers OK after Chile earthquake

Olympic Alpine skiers were reported safe after an 8.3-magnitude earthquake shook while they were in Chile for training Wednesday night.

“All U.S. Ski Team members training in South America are safe and accounted for,” the U.S. Ski Team said in a press release Wednesday. “Many felt the tremors and some have been evacuated from their hotels, but all are fine and bracing for aftershocks. Conditions will be evaluated in the morning.”

The earthquake’s center in the Pacific Ocean was about 155 miles from most of the skiers, according to the International Ski Federation.

“The first violent shock lasted over one minute and several aftershocks could be felt in the 20 minutes after the big quake,” the federation said in a press release.

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