Strong quake hits northern Chile but no injuries reported

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 October, 2017, 4:03am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 October, 2017, 4:03am

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 hit northern Chile early on Tuesday, resulting in road closures due to falling rocks and some power disruptions, though no injuries were reported, local authorities said.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at a depth of 82 kilometres (51 miles), with its epicentre some 73km (45 miles) east of the city of Arica.

“There have not been reports of injured persons as a result of this event,” Chile’s emergency service Onemi said in a statement on its website.

Chile has a long history of deadly earthquakes, including a magnitude 8.8 event in 2010 that triggered a deadly tsunami in the coastal cities of the country’s central and southern regions.