Strong earthquake strikes off Chilean coast, no damage reported

A 'shakemap' of Chile released by the US Geological Survey on Friday. Photo: EPA

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey reported.

The quake was focused 56km southwest of Coquimbo and at a depth of 11km, the USGS said.

Friday, 1 November, 2013, 2:31pm

Michelle Bachelet wins 73pc of votes in Chilean presidential election primary

Michelle Bachelet

Marking a triumphant return to politics, former Chilean president Dr Michelle Bachelet has won the right to run for another four-year term in November. The surgeon-turned-politician won an overwhelming 73 per cent of votes cast in Sunday's primary. Her closest opponent for the nomination of the centre-left coalition New Majority was Andres Velasco, with 12.9 per cent.

2 Jul 2013 - 3:42am

Sanchez scores on Pizarro return as Chile beat Bolivia 3-1

Chile's Eduardo Vargas (R) celebrates his goal with teammates after scoring against Bolivia in a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Santiago. Photo: Reuters

Chile marked David Pizarro’s comeback after almost eight years and Alexis Sanchez’s first goal in the World Cup qualifiers with a 3-1 home win over Bolivia on Tuesday.

The victory consolidated Chile’s hold on fourth place in the South American group with 21 points from 13 matches, behind Ecuador on goal difference after the Ecuadoreans were earlier held 1-1 at home by Argentina.

12 Jun 2013 - 2:11pm

Want a furry friend? Try a Chilean tarantula

A worker holds one of the 5,000 tarantulas at the farm. Photo: AFP

As pets go, they are low-maintenance. No muss, no fuss, nice and quiet, and even a bit furry. So, how about snuggling up with a giant, non-biting tarantula?

A farm in Chile exports the palm-sized creatures to Asia, Europe and the US for sale as exotic household companions.

10 Jun 2013 - 3:25am

Hong Kong, Chile maritime museums sign co-operative pact

Rear Admiral Humberto Ramirez, secretary general of the Chilean Navy

Hong Kong Maritime Museum has set sail on a voyage to develop partnerships with countries that share a rich sea-going history, starting with Chile. In a symbolic move seen as a transpacific handshake, the museum signed a co-operation agreement on Friday with the National Maritime Museum in the port city of Valparaiso.

2 Jun 2013 - 8:18am

Chile shows the power of political consensus

A student protester holds up a Chilean flag in Santiago. Photo: Reuters

Many democratically elected governments today are often reminded by the people they represent of the need to successfully balance social inclusiveness, justice and equality while implementing the free-market principles needed for a competitive economy.

2 May 2013 - 1:23am

How they got to 'no'

Advertising executive René Saavedra (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) walks past ranks of security personnel.

Pablo Larraín looks affronted. I've just asked the Santiago-born director if his trio of movies set in Chile in the 1970s and '80s - Tony Manero (2008), Post Mortem (2010) and the latest, No - were inspired by the current retro-thirst for revisiting these decades.

31 Mar 2013 - 3:44pm

Chilean wineries excel at mid-range tipples

The region of Santa Rita, located south of Santiago

Chilean wine has a reputation for offering reliability at the HK$100-a-bottle level. It's easy drinking with ripe fruit and some oak on the reds. It may not be sensational, but it's not offensive, either.

29 Mar 2013 - 10:32am

World's largest ground-based space array to open in Chile

World's largest ground-based space array to open in Chile

In a super-arid desert at an altitude of five kilometres, with almost no humidity or vegetation, the world's largest ground-based astronomy project is opening for business, ready to probe the universe with unprecedented might.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am

Talking points

Cathay reveals extent of profit slump

Cathay Pacific Airways releases its annual results, with the figures expected to show profits plunging by almost 90 per cent to HK$570 million. Chief executive John Slosar warned in November that the airline had experienced a "difficult" year.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:00am

Declassified papers show Pinochet tried to 'cling on to power' in 1988

Former Chilean military leader Augusto Pinochet. Photo: Reuters

Just a day before the October 5 referendum, General Pinochet planned to do “whatever was necessary to stay in power” and said he was “not leaving, no matter what”.

24 Feb 2013 - 8:03pm 1 comment

Short Soccer, February 24, 2013

Nice defender Gregoire Puel (right) vies with Reims' Grzegorz Krychowiak during their Ligue 1 match. Photo: AFP

Sao Paulo have been confirmed as South American Cup winners two months after the final against Argentine rivals Tigre had to be abandoned following allegations of violence.

24 Feb 2013 - 3:42am

Commitment to trade cements Hong Kong-Chile ties

Diving helmets displayed at Hong Kong Maritime Museum. The brass bell of the former three-masted Chilean training ship, 'General Baquedano', will also be displayed as part of an exhibition. Photo: David Wong

For the first time in well over a century, a part of Chile's naval history with Asia has returned to Hong Kong. The brass bell of the former three-masted Chilean training ship, "General Baquedano", along with a ceremonial sword that belonged to an officer who served on board the vessel during one of its voyages circumnavigating the globe, will be displayed as part of an exhibition at Hong Kong's new Maritime Museum.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:46am

Chile battles huge fire in port of Valparaiso

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire in Valparaiso in Chile. Photo: EPA

A forest fire that engulfed a hill in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso destroyed at least 70 homes and forced the evacuation of more than 500 families, officials said on Thursday.

15 Feb 2013 - 3:48pm

Briefs, February 1, 2013

A camel farm in Germany is engulfed in flames. Photo: EPA

A fire has destroyed a camel farm in the Black Forest region of southwest Germany, killing 86 animals and causing up to €2 million (HK$21 million) in damages. 

1 Feb 2013 - 3:40am