Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes southern Peru near Chile
A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook an area of southern Peru near the border with Chile early Monday, seismologists said, prompting people to flee their homes but reportedly causing no casualties.
The quake occurred at 1000 GMT on the Chilean side of the border 107 kilometers (65 miles) northeast of the port city of Arica, and 66 kilometers northeast of Tacna, Peru, according to the US Geological Survey.
The quake struck at a depth of 98 kilometers, the agency said.
Dozens hurried into the streets in Tacna, according to early reports from local authorities, and the quake caused power cuts to 3,000 people in Arica where people initially feared a tsunami but later returned to their homes.
In 2009, more than 140 earthquakes with magnitudes of 4.0 and above were felt in Peru, located on what geologists call the Pacific Ring of Fire due to its intense seismic activity.
On August 15, 2007, an earthquake of magnitude 7.9 devastated the Peruvian region of Ica, killing around 600 people and causing extensive damage to area buildings and infrastructure.
[Illustration of a seismological chart showing the magnitude of an earthquake. AFP Photo/Peter Steffen]