A 7.0 magnitude earthquake rattled central Chile on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, striking close to a zone hit by a devastating quake a year ago and shaking buildings in the capital Santiago.
"For the moment there are no reports of any damage or injuries," a spokesman for government emergency agency Onemi said.
"The Navy alert center says there is no risk of a tsunami," he added.
Some residents fled into the street in parts of south-central Chile.
The offshore quake was 28 miles (45 km) north of Concepcion and 11.4 miles (18.4 km) deep, the USGS said. It was 243 miles (392 km) south-southwest of Santiago, it said.
An 8.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami struck Chile on Feb. 27 last year, killing about 500 people and wrecking infrastructure across central-southern areas of the country.
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