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Earthquake rocks Easter Island region

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Infrastructure on Easter Island, which is famous for its Moai statues, is built to withstand earthquakes.
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An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 has struck the Easter Island region in the Pacific Ocean near Chile, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre says.

The quake was at a depth of 33 kilometres, the EMSC said on Wednesday (Australian time).

Chile’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI) said the earthquake did not generate conditions for a tsunami on the nation’s coasts.

“There are no reports of damage,” said Nicolas Banda, a spokesman at ONEMI, adding that the agency’s office in Valparaiso was in contact with the island.

Mr Banda said the earthquake struck 699 kilometres north-west of Easter Island, where infrastructure is built to withstand a quake of that magnitude at that distance.