5.9-magnitude quake strikes central Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - A strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Chile on Wednesday, causing office buildings in the capital to sway for almost a minute but authorities said no damage was reported and ruled out the possibility of tsunami along its coast.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake's epicentre was 59km south-west of the port city of San Antonio, Chile. It struck at 6.36pm (6.36am Singapore time). The USGS had reported the quake as magnitude 6.1 but revised the strength down to 5.9.
Buildings swayed in Santiago and some people fled to the streets in fear. Chile’s emergency services office said no damages to infrastructure were immediately reported.
The USGS reported two other temblors with magnitudes of 5.1 and 5.2 on Wednesday near San Antonio.