Moderate earthquake shakes northern Chile
An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale shook on Wednesday the Chilean regions of Tarapaca, Arica and Parinacota in the north of the country, with no immediate reports of damage or casualties, Xinhua reported.
The tremor occurred at 6:58 a.m. local time (0958 GMT) and its epicenter was located some 22 km south of Chiapa locality, some 1, 800 km north of Santiago and some 200 km from the border with Peru, according to a report of the Chilean Seismologic Service under the University of Chile.
According to the state-run National Office of Emergencies ( Onemi), the earthquake intensity was between II and IV degrees in Mercalli scale.
The Onemi said that the Pica locality registered IV degrees, Hurara, Iquique, Alto Hospicio and Pozo Almonte localities III degrees, and Arica and Camina localities II degrees.