Santiago - A magnitude 5.3 earthquake rattled central Chile on Wednesday, shaking buildings in the capital Santiago, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries, the government said.

The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake struck 70km north-northeast of the central Chilean port city of Valparaiso, at a depth of 25km.

Reuters witnesses said buildings swayed in Santiago, 120km to the east.

“There are no reports of any damage or injuries,” a spokesperson for the state emergency office Onemi told Reuters.

Quake-prone Chile's economy is still recovering from a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake a year ago, which hammered towns, infrastructure and industries in south-central Chile and killed more than 500 people. - Reuters