Sunday, March 02, 2008

Chile Shaken by Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Near City of Iquique

By Heather Walsh

Chile, the world's biggest copper producer, was shaken by an earthquake yesterday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake had a magnitude of 5.6 and hit 35 kilometers (20 miles) east of the city of Iquique in the region of Tarapaca at 4:51 p.m. local time, the USGS said on its Web site.
The temblor caused power outages in parts of the city, according to the Web site of the state-run Chilean Emergency Office. No injuries were reported, the office said.