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6.2 quake hits Chile-Peru border

2012-05-14 16:02

Lima - A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook an area of southern Peru near the border with Chile early on Monday, seismologists said, prompting people to flee their homes but reportedly causing no casualties.

The quake occurred on the Chilean side of the border 107km northeast of the port city of Arica, and 66km northeast of Tacna, Peru, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake struck at a depth of 98km, the agency said.

Dozens hurried into the streets in Tacna, according to early reports from local authorities, and the quake caused power cuts to 3 000 people in Arica where people initially feared a tsunami but later returned to their homes.

In 2009, more than 140 earthquakes with magnitudes of 4.0 and above were felt in Peru, located on what geologists call the Pacific Ring of Fire due to its intense seismic activity.

On 15 August 2007, an earthquake of magnitude 7.9 devastated the Peruvian region of Ica, killing around 600 people and causing extensive damage to area buildings and infrastructure.