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Powerful quake shakes Chile's capital, causing buildings to sway, people to run into streets

  • Police patrol a debris strewn street in Valparaiso, Chile, after a tsunami, caused by an earthquake hit the area, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. A magnitude-8.3 earthquake hit off Chile's northern coast, causing buildings to sway in Santiago and other cities and sending people running into the streets. Authorities reported one death in a town north of the capital.(Pablo Ovalle Isasmendi/AGENCIA UNO via AP) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE

    Police patrol a debris strewn street in Valparaiso, Chile, after a tsunami, caused by an earthquake hit the area, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. A magnitude-8.3 earthquake hit off Chile's northern coast, causing buildings to sway in Santiago and other cities and sending people running into the streets. Authorities reported one death in a town north of the capital.(Pablo Ovalle Isasmendi/AGENCIA UNO via AP) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE  (The Associated Press)

  • Residents sit next to an equestrian statue, in Santiago’s main square after a 8.3 earthquake, in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. The powerful earthquake hit Chile's northern coast causing buildings to sway in Santiago and other cities and sending people running into the streets. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

    Residents sit next to an equestrian statue, in Santiago‚Äôs main square after a 8.3 earthquake, in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. The powerful earthquake hit Chile's northern coast causing buildings to sway in Santiago and other cities and sending people running into the streets. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A police officer stands in the street to direct traffic as people stand in a line for public transportation after an earthquake in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015.  A powerful magnitude-8.3 earthquake hit off Chile's northern coast Wednesday night, causing buildings to sway in Santiago and other cities and sending people running into the streets. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

    A police officer stands in the street to direct traffic as people stand in a line for public transportation after an earthquake in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. A powerful magnitude-8.3 earthquake hit off Chile's northern coast Wednesday night, causing buildings to sway in Santiago and other cities and sending people running into the streets. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)  (The Associated Press)

A powerful earthquake has shaken Chile's capital, causing buildings to sway and people to take refuge in the streets.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.9. Chilean authorities recorded it as 7.2.

U.S. officials say the quake was centered ab out 153 miles (246 kilometers) north-northwest of Santiago.