Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Northern Chile Hit By 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake

Vittorio Hernandez - AHN News Writer
Santiago, Chile (AHN) - Earthquake-prone Chile was rocked again by another tremor on Monday. The temblor, which was measured at 6.3 on the Richter scale, did not cause any damage or casualties. Carmen Fernandez, head of Chile's National Emergency Bureau, said it was a medium intensity tremor. It was felt at northern Chile and on the southern part of Peru. Earthquakes are regular occurrences in the two Southern American nations, which lie along the Pacific rim of fire. The epicenter was identified 24.8 miles (40 kilometers) east-northeast of Iquique, in the Tarapaca region, near the Peruvian border. It as a depth of 21.7 miles (35 km).
A number of earthquakes were recorded in Chile the past few months. On Nov. 14, a 7.7 magnitude tremor rocked the nation, killing two people, injuring 15,000 and damaging 4,000 buildings.