SANTIAGO: An earthquake of 6.1 magnitude has struck central Chile, although it caused no major damage.
The US Geological Survey stated that quake’s epicentre has been the port of San Antonio, some 132 km (82 miles) west-southwest of Santiago, Chile. It struck at 6.36 PM local time.
Buildings swayed in Santiago and people fled to the streets out of fear. Chile’s emergency services office claimed that no damages to infrastructure were reported and it also the possibility of a tsunami was dicountinued.
Chile is considered as highly earthquake-prone and various tremors were seen in the central region creating fears among residents.
In 2010, an earthquake of 8.8 magnitude, one of the strongest recorded, and the tsunami it unleashed, killed 551 people, destroyed 220,000 homes.