Magnitude 6.2 quake shakes north Chile; no reports of damage

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has struck the northern region of Chile. No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

Chile’s National Emergency Office said that the quake was recorded at 7:22 p.m. local time Thursday and its epicenter was 54.8 miles (88.4 kms) northeast of Iquique, Chile. It had a depth of 59 miles (95 kilometers).

The emergency office said basic services were affected in a few rural areas. The navy ruled out the possibility of a tsunami.

Chile is located in the so-called “Ring of Fire,” which makes it one of the most seismic countries in the world. An 8.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami in 2010 killed 525 people and left 26 missing.

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