Santiago : A dominant earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale has hit the coast of southern Chile.
An evacuation of the coastal area ordered by officials subsequently a Tsunami threat was issued for parts of the Pacific Ocean close to the earthquake, reports The Independent.
According to the source of the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake struck near the southern tip of Chiloe Island at a depth of 20 miles (33km).
There were no reports of damage yet.
A preventative tsunami alert was declared by Chile’s naval oceanographic service.
More than 524 people were killed in a much stronger earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale that had struck Chile in February 2010.