A second earthquake hit the fruit-growing central region of Chile yesterday.

The quake, measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale, was centred in the O’Higgins region, 90 miles south of Valparaiso – the country’s major fruit port.

There was “significant damage” in the city of Rancagua – 62 miles south of Santiago  – but with no immediate reports of injuries, according to the BBC.

The Association of Chilean Exporters reported that communications networks had been affected.

A tsunami alert was issued for a long stretch of Chile's coast but was later lifted.

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