Strong quake strikes south Chile; no reports of Harm

A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of southern Chile on Sunday, causing vibration felt in several cities but with no reports of harm, Chilean authorities stated.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 and its epicenter was 10 km (six miles) under the surface and approximately 140 km (87.5 miles) west of the town of Corral.

Chile’s navy said the quake didn’t possess the features necessary to create a tsunami.

The tremor was felt with Different intensities from the Areas of La Araucania, Los Rios, Los Lagos, and Biobio.

Chile’s National Emergency Office explained that there were not any reports of accidents or harm and basic services were working normally.

Rodrigo Holzapfel, chief of the Tolten fire brigade from the La Araucanía region, said they hadn’t obtained any emergency calls.