An magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck northern Chile early Wednesday morning, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said.

The quake struck at a depth of 145 km (90 miles), GFZ added.

The US Geological Survey placed the quake's epicentre about 62 km southwest of San Pedro de Atacama.

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There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

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