Strong earthquake rocks central Chile

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A 6.6-magnitude earthquake has rocked central Chile, causing buildings to sway in the capital and nervous people to run out into the streets.

But Chile's emergency services office said no damages to infrastructure were immediately reported and discarded the possibility of a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey said the quake's epicentre was located about 65 kilometres southwest of the city of Coquimbo. Its depth was 10 kilometres.

Chile is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries. A magnitude-8.8 quake and the tsunami it unleashed in 2010 killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts.

- AP

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