January 10, 2011 / 6:29 AM / 8 years ago

Magnitude 5.9 quake hits Chile but no damage reported

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck central Chile on Monday, about 80 miles (129 kilometres) north north-west of Concepcion, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, but there were no reports of any damage.

“There have been no reports of any injuries or damage to infrastructure,” a spokeswoman for state emergency office Onemi said. “A tsunami has been ruled out.”

The tremor, at a depth of 15.8 miles (25 km), was in the same region as a massive 8.8 magnitude quake and ensuing tsunamis that battered Chile a year ago, ravaging towns and roads and killing hundreds.

Reporting by Simon Gardner in Santiago and Chris Wilson

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