SANTIAGO, Chile, Sept. 16 (UPI) — A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 8.3 struck off the coast of Chile on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said.
Officials said the quake’s epicenter was 20 miles beneath the Earth’s surface
The National Weather Service also issued tsunami threat warnings along the Chilean and Peruvian coastlines.
Although 8.3 is a substantial magnitude for an earthquake, no injuries or damage was immediately reported after the quake struck.
Chile sits on very geologically active crust and numerous earthquakes with a magnitude of 8 or greater have struck the region in the last century, the USGS said.