6.0-magnitude earthquake jolts southeastern Pacific
A technician of the French National Seism Survey Institute (RENASS) presents a graph of an earthquake. [Agence France-Presse]

A strong earthquake jolted the southeastern Pacific on Saturday, about 544 kilometers (338 miles) south-southeast of Chile's Easter Island, the US Geological Survey said.


The 6.0-magnitude quake, which hit at 3:59 am local time (10:59 GMT), registered at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

It did not immediately spark a tsunami warning, according to the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Chile is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, and is located in the so-called Ring of Fire area of the Pacific Ocean basin.

Last month, a 7.2-magnitude quake struck some 570 kilometers south of Easter Island.