SANTIAGO – A magnitude-6.8 earthquake was felt in three regions of central Chile early Saturday, although no casualties or damage were immediately reported.
The temblor, whose epicenter was located 17 kilometers (10 miles) west of Punitaqui, in the north-central Chilean region of Coquimbo, struck at 4:31 a.m., the University of Chile’s National Seismological Center said.
Some localities reported brief power outages.
The navy’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service issued a tsunami alert for areas off the coasts of the towns of Huasco and Pichidangui immediately after the earthquake, including the Juan Fernandez Archipelago and San Felix Island, but it was canceled minutes later.
An estimated 40,733 people have died in earthquakes over the past 60 years in Chile, one of the world’s most seismically active countries.