Magnitude 6.7 quake shakes cities on coast of northern Chile

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake has shaken cities on Chile's northern coast.

No damages have been reported so far, but Chile's National Emergency Office ordered a preventative evacuation of a stretch of coast near the city of Coquimbo.

Chilean authorities said the quake didn't have the characteristics that would generate a tsunami. The US Tsunami Warning System also ruled out a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the magnitude-6.7 quake was 15.6 kilometres (9.7 miles) south-southwest of Coquimbo, and had a depth of 53 kilometres. It struck at 7:32pm local time.

Chile is located in the so-called "Ring of Fire," which makes it one of the most seismic countries in the world. An 8.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami in 2010 killed 525 people.