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  HOME | Chile

Earthquake Rocks Northern Chile

SANTIAGO – A magnitude-5.1 earthquake rocked two regions in extreme northern Chile on Sunday, but no injuries or damage have been reported, officials said.

The quake affected the regions of Tarapaca and Arica and Parinacota.

This is the third temblor to hit Chile on Sunday.

Two earthquakes affected the regions of Coquimbo and Atacama, with one having a magnitude of 5.7 and the other a magnitude of 4.2.

No one was injured and no serious damage was reported in the two quakes, officials said.

The earthquakes did not trigger a tsunami warning along Chile’s coast, officials said.

The latest earthquake occurred at 11:01 a.m. and its epicenter was located in Tarapaca region some 27 kilometers (about 17 miles) southeast of Camiña and 1,940 kilometers (1,205 miles) from Santiago, the University of Chile’s Seismology Institute said.

The earthquake was felt in Arica and Parinacota region, which is on the border with Peru and Bolivia, as well as in Codpa and Cuya, and in Arica city, the regional capital, the national emergency management office said.

The temblor was also felt in Camiña, Huara, Alto Hospicio, Pisagua and Iquique, the capital of Tarapaca region, officials said.

“No injuries to persons, interruptions of public services or damage to infrastructure have been reported as a result of this event,” the national emergency management office said.

Seismic activity is common in Chile, which has been affected by a number of powerful earthquakes.

The South American country was hit by a magnitude-8.4 earthquake on Sept. 16, 2015, that killed 13 people, forced more than 9,000 others from their homes and caused extensive damage.

The earthquake caused a tsunami, forcing officials to order the evacuation of more than 1 million people living along the coast.

 

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