SANTIAGO, April 24 A strong 6.7-magnitude
earthquake struck off the west coast of Chile, on Monday, near
the capital Santiago, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake, which Reuters witnesses said shook buildings in
the capital, was centered 20 miles (32 km) west of the coastal
city of Valparaiso at a depth of 20.5 miles (33 km) below the
seabed. The USGS initially assessed the temblor as a magnitude
6.6 and then 6.8.
A magnitude 6.7 quake is considered strong and is capable of
causing severe damage.
(Reporting by Rosalba O'Brien; additional reporting by Sandra
Maler in Washington; editing by G Crosse)