Residents are dispersed as the Police uses a water cannon during a protest in Dichato, a coastal town about 500 kms south of Santiago, Chile, Thursday, July 21, 2011. Photo: AP

BreakingEarthquake of 5.9 magnitude hits off coast of Chile

A shallow earthquake of 5.9 magnitude struck off the coast of Chile on Friday, the US Geological Survey reported. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake’s epicentre was located 71km  southwest of Iquique, Chile, at a depth of 7.3 km .