6.2 quake hits area of Chile devastated in 2010

A magnitude-6.2 earthquake has struck just off the shore of south-central Chile, the area devastated by a massive temblor two years ago.

There are no immediate reports of damage and authorities say it will not cause a tsunami.

Monday’s quake was centered 50 kilometres northwest of Concepcion, and was relatively shallow at 20 kilometres under sea level.

But Chile’s navy announced that it wasn’t the kind of quake to generate a deadly tsunami of the kind that ravaged nearby coastal cities when an magnitude-8.8 quake devastated Chile in 2010.

The U.S. Geological Service says the quake struck at 1:04 p.m. local time (0504 NZT).

Chile’s national emergency office says there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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