A tsunami alert issued after a powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake off the coast of southern Chile has now been lifted.
According to US Geological Survey (USGS) preliminary data, the quake struck about 225km (140 miles) south-west of Puerto Montt in southern Chile at 14:22 GMT, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.
Its depth was about 15km (10 miles).
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for areas within 1,000 kilometers of the epicenter of the earthquake.
There were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries as a result of the quake. Earlier in the day, a 5.4-magnitude quake struck northern Chile near the border with Bolivia.
Chile’s national emergency office has issued an alert and ordered the evacuation of coastal areas of Los Lagos region.
“As a measure of precaution, we order the evacuation of coastal areas of Biobio, Araucania, Los Rios, Aysen,” the alert said.
Residents of Quellon, a town near the epicentre, were among those heading to safe areas, according to local media.
“I’ve lived for 10 years in the south and never felt something like that,” a resident who was leaving his house said.
Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet tweeted: “Much strength and encouragement to the compatriots affected by the tremor in Chile and other areas in the south. Emergency procedures are already in place.”