6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off Coast of Chile, Felt in Santiago

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
October 31, 2013 Updated: June 24, 2015

An earthquake hit today off the coast of Chile, about 40 miles southwest of Coquimbo and 47 miles southwest of La Serena, but there is no tsunami risk.

The quake hit at a depth of 6.2 miles (1o kilometers), reported the U.S. Geological Service, causing buildings to sway and nervous people to run out into the streets.

But there are no reports of damage or injuries, Chile’s emergency office said. It also said that there is no tsunami risk.

The quake was pretty far away from Santiago, Chile’s capital–about 229 miles north/northwest–but still made buildings sway there. Locals said that they felt a tremor of about 30 seconds.

The quake hit on the Nazca Plate Region.

Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. A magnitude-8.8 quakeand the tsunami it unleashed in 2010 killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.