A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit north-central Chile on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, with police reporting the deaths of two people from heart attacks.
The quake struck at a depth of 53 kilometers with an epicenter some 15 km southwest of Coquimbo, USGS said.
An elderly man and an elderly woman from Coquimbo suffered cardiac arrests due to the earth quake, police said, while there were several landslides reported on national highways.
The earthquake was felt in Valparaiso, O’Higgins and the region of the capital Santiago, as well as in Atacama and Coquimbo up north.
Thousands of homes lost power, which showed how intense the quake was, according to Ricardo Toro of the National Emergency Office.
Residents in Coquimbo and neighboring Serena, a coastal region about 500 kilometers from Santiago, evacuated to high ground even though authorities quickly ruled out a tsunami, according to local media.
September 2015 is the last time the region experienced a tsunami after an 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck, killing a 12 people in the process.
Chile is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.
The 1960 Valdivia earthquake in Chile was the strongest ever recorded, at 9.5, on the magnitude scale, according to the USGS.
Chile lies on the Ring of Fire an arc of fault lines that circles the Pacific Basin and is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.