Chile rocked by strong earthquake

A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake has struck off Chile’s southern coast, but the authorities said it was not felt on land and discounted the possibility of a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey said the quake’s epicentre was 336 miles west-southwest of Castro, Los Lagos.

It struck off the coast of the Aysen region and at a depth of 6.2 miles.

Aysen Governor Pilar Cuevas said that the quake “was not felt in Coyhaique or Puerto Aysen and the population remains calm”.

The Interior Ministry Emergency Office said no damages to infrastructure were reported.

Chile’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service said the characteristics of the quake would not generate the conditions for a tsunami off the coast of Chile.


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