Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes off Chile; no tsunami seen

SANTIAGO Mon May 20, 2013 6:31am EDT

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SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but Chilean emergency authorities said they saw no prospect that the tremor would generate a tsunami.

The quake struck 400 miles west of Puerto Aisen at a depth of 6.2 miles, the USGS said.

It said the quake had occurred at 5:49 a.m. Chile time (0943 GMT)

Chile's emergency office said on Twitter that the quake did not have the conditions necessary to generate a tsunami. It added the quake was not felt in the country.

The USGS pinpointed the quake in the Nazca tectonic plate area.

(Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer, Janet Lawrence and W Simon; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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