Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes off Chilean coast

A 6.8 magnitude struck in the Pacific off the coast of on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. "There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage," the USGS said of the earthquake, which it earlier reported as a magnitude 7.2, and which occurred 41 miles (66 kilometers) west-southwest of Constitucion, Chile.

A powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake has shaken the coast of Chile, swaying buildings in the capital of Santiago. There are no immediate reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 10:57 a.m. local time (1557 GMT) and was centered 66 kilometers (40 miles) west-southwest of the city of Constitucion. The epicenter was 16.5 kilometers (10.3 miles) below the surface.

's national emergency agency says the quake was felt across a broad swath of the central and south of the country.

The USGS initially calculated the magnitude at 7.2.

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