Magnitude-6.3 earthquake strikes northern Chile

In the past seven years, Chile has had three quakes of a magnitude greater than eight


Afp October 10, 2017
Ships are seen on the street after an earthquake hit areas of central Chile, in Coquimbo city, north of Santiago, Chile, September 17, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

WASHINGTON DC: A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile early Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.

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The tremor hit 70 kilometers (43 miles) east of the coastal city of Arica, which is near the border with Peru, the US agency said. The quake struck at a depth of 82 kilometers, it added.

Chile is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries. In the past seven years it has had three quakes of a magnitude greater than eight. The 1960 Valdivia earthquake in Chile was the strongest quake ever recorded at 9.5 on the magnitude scale, according to the US Geological Survey.

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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. The north of Chile was struck by an 8.3-magnitude quake, followed by a tsunami in September 2015, killing 15 people.

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