Massive earthquake hits off Chile's coast

Massive earthquake hits off Chile's coast
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A massive earthquake has struck off the coast of Chile.

Just before 5am on Monday (NZ Time), a large 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit 67km west of Constitucion, Chile at a depth of 9.8km, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) says. The USGS initially recorded the shake as a 7.2 magnitude quake.

The United States National Weather Service's Tsunami Warning System said at 5:20am that there was no tsunami warning, advisory, watch, or threat in place.

Due to the earthquake striking off the coast, there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. Hundreds of people have reported feeling the quake, however.

A 4.7 magnitude earthquake followed about 40 minutes afterwards.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre reports a person in Constitucion as saying: "Very strong movement".

Another person in Concepcion told the centre: "[It was] very strong, long in time, and even after two minutes, the earth seemed to move."

Many posted on Twitter videos of lights and chandeliers swinging around.

Chile has a deadly history with earthquakes. Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the country was devastated in 2010 when an 8.8 magnitude quake hit off the coast, triggering a large tsunami.