The National Seismological Center recorded a strong earthquake hitting the coast off Central Chile on Monday November 4th. The shocks rattled blocks and buildings in the capital city, with tremors felt elsewhere, as a big anti-government demonstration was underway, AFP reported.
According to the centre, the quake struck at 6:53 pm (2153 GMT) with its epicentre near the northern town of Illapel. The quake was measured at magnitude 6.1, revising down an earlier estimate of 6.3.
According to officials, "There have been no reports of damage to people, disruption of basic services or infrastructure."
Additionally, the Army Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service have confirmed that there was no possibility that the quake would cause a tsunami on Chile's Pacific coast.
In the aftermath of the quake, police in Santiago were dispersing protesters at the start of the third week of anti-austerity protests targeting the conservative government.
This is the second time in less than two months that the country has experienced quakes with the same magnitude; on September 29th an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck off Chile’s coast, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
The quake was centred 83 miles (134 km) west of Talca and was shallow at a depth of 6.1 miles, and there were no immediate warnings of tsunamis from the incident.
In 1960, the US Geological Survey recorded one of the strongest earthquakes on the magnitude scale to ever hit the country; an 8.8-magnitude. More than 500 people died in 2010 tsunami that followed.
Chile is one of the worlds’ most earthquake-prone countries, laying on the ring of fire that circles the Pacific Basin, which makes the country more vulnerable to be hit with frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, AFP reported.