6.2-magnitude quake rattles northern Chile

2017-04-15 21:28
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Santiago - An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale shook northern Chile on Saturday, according to the United States Geological Survey, but there was no tsunami alert and no immediate report of damage or injuries.

The powerful quake, at a depth of 135km, hit on Saturday morning with an epicentre about 67km southeast of the San Pedro de Atacama tourist zone, US seismologists said.

Chile's National Office of Emergency said the "medium-intensity" quake was felt in the northern regions of Tarapaca, Antofagasta and Atacama.

Chile lies on what is known as the "Ring of Fire" - an arc of fault lines that circles the Pacific Basin and is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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