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Earthquake hits coastal Chile

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • A strong earthquake hits coastal Chile
  • The quake hit an area more than 300 miles south-southwest of the capital
  • There were no reports of damage immediately following the earthquake

(CNN) -- A strong earthquake rattled coastal Chile early Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The magnitude 6.5 quake struck at 4:32 a.m. and was centered about 345 miles south-southwest of the capital, Santiago, near Lebu, according to the USGS. The epicenter was more than 17 miles underground.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

In February, an 8.8-magnitude quake hit Chile near that nation's second largest city, Concepcion, killing hundreds.