Thursday March 22, 2018 12:26 PM

Magnitude-6.3 earthquake strikes northern Chile

  • Published at 02:28 PM October 10, 2017
Magnitude-6.3 earthquake strikes northern Chile
Satellite image of the epicentre of the earthquake in ChileUSGS

The quake struck at a depth of 82 kilometers

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

The tremor hit 70km 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.

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.

Related Stories

Leave a Comment

 Please read our Comment Policy before posting

Latest News

Featured Videos

Subscribe Ad_330:120

Most Read

Send this to a friend