Magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes Chile

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes Chile
Magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes Chile

A magnitude 7.1 quake has hit the coast of Chile, but there are no reports of damage.

The quake, which witnesses said shook buildings in the capital of Santiago, was centered 32km west of the coastal city of Valparaiso at a depth of 33 km below the seabed.

A magnitude 6.7 quake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage.

Chile’s emergency services office says no damage to infrastructure has been immediately reported and authorities are discounting the possibility of a tsunami.

Chilean authorities did initially order an evacuation of the area, but that was cancelled shortly afterward.

The navy said the tremor hadn’t generated conditions likely to lead to a tsunami on Chilean coast.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said there are no warnings, watches or threats of a tsunami following the quake which hit around 6:30pm (local time).

The same area felt a magnitude 5.9 quake on Saturday night (local time), which hit 42km west of the major coastal city and at a similar depth. Local media initially reported no reports of damage or injury.

Chile is no stranger to large earthquakes. In 2010, a magnitude 8.8 quake on the coast of central Chile caused intense shaking for up to three minutes and killed 525 people.

The quake was one of the largest ever recorded.

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