The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that a strong earthquake struck off the coast of Chile.

The USGS says the temblor had a magnitude of 6.0 and hit a little after 10 p.m. local time Thursday (0200 GMT Friday).

It was centered about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Iquique and nearly 1,000 miles (some 1,500 kilometers) from the capital, Santiago.

El Murcurio Online said the National Emergency Office reported there were no injuries or damages.

Powerful earthquakes are common in the South American nation, which stretches along the quake-prone Pacific "Ring of Fire."