100,000 coastal Chileans were evacuated inland after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit that country at 6:16 pm at epicenter.
The quake that was reported as a 7.0 magnitude quake was later downsized to 6.7. It occurred 37 miles offshore to the northwest of Iquique, Chile at a depth of 212.5 miles beneath the ocean.
The brief evacuation of the coastal region around the quake was precautionary as there was a slight possibility of a minor tsunami near Arica and Tocopilla. It is reported that the sea level rose by only 13 inches.
Damage from the quake was minor with only broken windows to show for the shaker. There were no reports of injuries due to the quake.
Minor aftershocks continue in the region with the strongest being a 5.1 and 4.9 magnitude quake.
The strongest quake ever recorded occurred in Chile in 1960. That quake measured 9.5. It killed more than 5,000 people.