A man walks along a road affected by the earthquake in the city of Iquique (Chile).

A strong earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, struck the coast of southern Chile, with no casualties or injuries reported yet.

The Chilean authorities said: “A strong earthquake occurred off the coast of southern Chile, causing tremors in several cities, but without reports of damage,” according to the website “deccanherald“.

The US Geological Survey said in a statement:

   “The earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km in the waters of the Pacific Ocean and 149 km southwest of the city of Corral in the Los Rios region.”

No tsunami warning was announced, and no information was received about casualties or material damage. On the 1st of September, a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter scale struck the coast of northern Chile.

Chile is located in an area called the Ring of Fire that surrounds the Pacific Basin, which is prone to earthquakes and permanent volcanic activity. It has witnessed two devastating earthquakes, one of them in 2010 with a magnitude of 8.8 and the number of victims was 500 in the center and south of the country, while another earthquake occurred in 2015 with a magnitude of 8.3 in 2015, killing 15 people.

 

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