Northern Chile hit by 5.9 magnitude quake

The USGS says the quake occurred at 4:35 am local time was centered 52 kilometers off the Chilean coast.

Updated: May 20, 2012, 00:42 AM IST

Santiago: A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 has shaken up northern Chile, but there are no reports of injury or damage, the US Geological Survey said.

Chilean authorities discount the possibility of a tsunami.

The USGS says the quake occurred today at 4:35 am local time was centered 52 kilometers off the Chilean coast, west of the city of Taltal and 1,100 kilometers north of Santiago.
Police in Chile say the temblor caused a temporary interruption in fixed and mobile telephone service in some areas.

PTI