Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Strikes Northern Chile, Power Outages And Moderate Damage Reported
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck northern Chile according to the USGS, which said the quake's epicenter was centered 41 miles east-northeast of Tacna, Peru and struck at 6:00am local time, 10:00am eastern time.
The earthquake's epicenter was located just inside Chilean borders.
Officials have said that there is wide-spread power outages in the region and numerous walls have collapsed, but so far, no serious injuries have been reported.
As the earthquake shook, residents across the northern region of the country fled into the streets. A few smaller aftershocks have been recorded as well.
Chile is a seismically active nation, with the strongest earthquake ever recorded, 9.5, occurring in Valdivia Chile in 1960. In 2010 another strong earthquake hit central Chile collapsing numerous buildings and freeways. In fact, 3 of the 11 strongest earthquakes in the world have hit Chile.
Chile has a high standard of living, and Santiago is on the list of A class world cities in terms of economic significance. The nation has spent billion of dollars on building infrastructure to make it earthquake resistant and has some of the toughest building codes in the world.