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BREAKING: Magnitude 8.2 Quake Strikes Off Coast of Chile

A magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck late Tuesday off the coast of northern Chile and produced a large tsunami, according to U.S. officials.

Chilean officials ordered a coastline evacuation as a result of the quake, The Associated Press reported.

Tsunami heights as high as 6.5 feet were reported at Pisagua, Chile, the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said.

The quake caused tsunami warnings to be issued for Chile, Ecuador and Peru. Tsunami watches were issued for Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua, the U.S. center said. The threat for a tsunami to affect Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast was still being evaluated.

The quake, which was at a depth of 6 miles and initially rated as a magnitude-8.0, occurred at 4:47 p.m. PDT, according to the United States Geological Survey. Three strong aftershocks, magnitudes 6.2, 5.8 and 5.5, respectively, have been reported since the major quake.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage by the quake which could be felt in Bolivia and Peru, The AP reported.

A March 16 earthquake in the same region registered a magnitude-6.7, according to the USGS.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in Chile.

An 8.8-magnitude quake rocked Chile in February 2010 offshore 200 miles from Santiago, the nation's capital. The world's largest earthquake, a magnitude-9.5, also struck the country in May 1960,