Chile hit by 6.2-magnitude quake

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile on Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but no injuries were reported.

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake struck at about 9:30 a.m. local time in the Tarapaca region about 60 kilometres from the port city of Arica, the agency said.

Some people ran out of homes and churches into the streets when they felt the shaking, but there were no reports of injuries, Chile's national emergency agency said.

Some adobe homes were damaged in the northern villages of Putre and Belen, and there were rock slides on a road that connects Chile with Bolivia, the agency later said.

The latest quake comes a little more than a year after Chile was rocked by one of the largest tremors ever recorded — an 8.8-magnitude tremor on Feb. 27, 2010, that killed at least 521 people and caused massive damage in the disaster-prone Andean nation.

Chile faces constant danger from earthquakes because of its location on the so-called "ring of fire," where the edges of the giant plate beneath the Pacific Ocean form a particularly intense ring of tectonic activity.

With files from The Associated Press