Photo: Chile Earthquake
Early this morning a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The large earthquake struck 6.2 miles deep into the earth with the epicenter in the ocean some 370 miles from the city of Puerto Quellon and 953 miles south of Santiago. No fatalities, injures or major damage have been reported. The quake struck at 5:49 a.m. local time according to USGS – no tsunami warning has been issued by the government.
Officials are reporting that the quake was not felt on land.
Chile has a long history of large earthquakes; in December, 2010 an 8.8 earthquake killed over 500 people. The 2010 quake tied for the fifth largest in the world since 1900, setting off tsunami waves that swamped some nearby islands before moving across the Pacific.
The country is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in all of Latin America. Chile sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, one of the world’s largest seismic zones which makes the country highly prone to quakes.