6.9 Earthquake Strikes Off Chile Coast; No Reports of Damage, Injuries

(SOURCE)    A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck just off the coast of Chile Monday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The tremor shook the South American country at 6:38 p.m. local time (5:38 p.m. EDT). The epicenter was located about 25 miles west of Valparaiso, Chile, at a depth of 15.5 miles, the USGS also said.

Buildings swayed in the Chilean capital city of Santiago, some 70 miles to the east, according to the Associated Press.

It was not immediately known if any damage or injuries were caused by the temblor. Officials were growing more confident by the minute that there was no tsunami threat to the coastline.

Chile is no stranger to massive earthquakes. An 8.8 magnitude quake in 2010 triggered a large tsunami; the seismic event was one of the largest ever recorded and was responsible for at least 500 deaths, the AP also said.