Posted 17.04.2012 07:01:51 UTC
Updated 17.04.2012 07:01:51 UTC
The strong quake shook buildings as far away as the capital Santiago, but there were no reports of significant damage and the country's main copper mines were unaffected.
One elderly man died as a result of a heart attack brought on by the quake, which struck 26 miles (42 km) north-northeast of Valparaiso, and 69 miles (112 km) northwest of the capital Santiago, but there were no other reports of injuries.
State emergency office said a stretch of coastline was being evacuated as a precaution, but there was no tsunami alert.
Rodrigo Ubilla, an Interior Ministry undersecretary, said there had been no reports of damage to public or private infrastructure, although state television said several thousand homes were without power outside Santiago.