31 Jan 2013

6.7 quake hits Chile, no damage reported

10:33 am on 31 January 2013

A strong earthquake struck in northern Chile on Wednesday, shaking buildings as far away as the capital, Santiago, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The US Geological Survey said the 6.7-magnitude quake struck at a depth of 47.5 kilometres and almost 600 kilometres north of capital Santiago.

The quake was centred 101 kilometres south-west of mining town Copiapo and well away from where world No.1 copper producer Chile's massive metal deposits are located.

Chile's emergency office said there were no preliminary reports of damage.

The navy said the quake did not meet the conditions needed to generate a tsunami off the country's Pacific coastline.

Nearly three years ago, a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami ravaged central-southern Chile, killing hundreds of people and causing billions of dollars worth of damage.