Initially, a tsunami alert was issued but was quickly canceled. The earthquake struck at 10:32 am local time (1:32 am GMT) and was centered right on the shore. The epicenter was about 15km southwest of Kokimbo, which is a great port in the area of the same name.
He struck at a depth of 53 km (33 miles), which means he is relatively shallow. The US Geological Survey said the shake rate was 6.7 on the Richter scale.
The initial tsunami warning for the Kokimbo region was issued by the National Emergency Service.
The earthquake is severely felt in northern Chile, where buildings have rocked according to social media reports.
Local residents showed crowds of people evacuating, and even people who carried children during the brief tsunami warning.
This area of the world is the place where most earthquakes occur and where volcanic eruptions occur more often.
Thousands of people were killed in the subsequent extermination.