Strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake off Chile coast

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(Santiago) – A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific off the coast of Chile, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

“There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage,” the USGS said of the earthquake, which it earlier reported as a magnitude 7.2, and which occurred 41 miles (66 kilometers) west-southwest of Constitucion, Chile.

Chile´s National Seismological Center (CSN) put the quake at 6.6 magnitude.

Despite the tremor´s strength, there were no reports of injuries, impacts to basic services or damage to infrastructure, according to Chile´s National Emergency Office (ONEMI).

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There were also no tsunami warnings, advisories, watches or threats in the wake of the earthquake, according to the US Tsunami Warning System.

Chile is one of the world´s most earthquake-prone countries.

The 1960 Valdivia earthquake in Chile was, at 9.5, the strongest ever recorded on the magnitude scale, according to the USGS.

Chile lies on the Ring of Fire — an arc of fault lines that circles the Pacific Basin and is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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