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

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.


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