Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hits Southern Peru, Northern Chile

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocked southern Peru and northern Chile early Monday, the United States Geological Survey, or USGS.

The epicenter of the quake was on the Chilean side of the border, about 28 miles from the Chilean town of Putre and 34 miles from the Peruvian city of Tacna, the USGS said.

The quake had a depth of 61 miles, and didn’t cause any major damage, according to local media reports.

Peru and Chile both experience earthquakes regularly. The last major earthquake in Chile came in 2010 when a magnitude 8.8 earthquake shook the country, while in Peru the last major quake occurred in 2007. That quake, which was registered as a magnitude 8.0, caused hundreds of deaths in the region of Ica, and widespread destruction of infrastructure.

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