Magnitude 6.5 quake hits off Chile near Coquimbo

General picture of A seismologist points at a graphic showing an earthquake reading. (Reuters pic)

WASHINGTON: A magnitude 6.5 quake struck off Chile’s coast near the coastal city of Coquimbo, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Thursday.

The quake, which hit an earthquake-prone area, was very shallow and struck 82km west of Coquimbo, the USGS added. The quake was initially measured at 6.4 magnitude.