Moderate earthquake strikes central Chile, shakes buildings in capital

  • Updated: June 19, 2013 - 7:55 PM

SANTIAGO, Chile — A magnitude-5.7 earthquake shook central Chile on Wednesday, causing buildings to sway in the capital but apparently causing no major damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 17:29 p.m. local time and its epicenter was about 60 kilometers (37 miles) east-north-east of Los Andes, Chile.

Officials discarded the possibility of a tsunami and said there were no immediate reports of deaths or damages.

Chile is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries. A magnitude-8.8 quake and the tsunami it unleashed in 2010 killed more than 500 people and destroyed 220,000 homes.

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