The powerful earthquake that struck on Monday at the border between Peru and Chile, and the destruction caused power outages in northern Chile, damaged several roads, reports the Associated Press referring to the governor of the Chilean administrative region of Tarapaca José Durán (Jose Durana).
According to recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the magnitude of the quake, recorded at 06.00 local time (14.00 MSK) was 6.2. Hearth lies at a depth 98.3 kilometers.
Previously reported that the quake was magnitude 5.9, and the center lies at a depth of 22.3 kilometers.
The epicenter was located at a distance of 66 kilometers to the northeast of the Peruvian city of Tacna and 110 kilometers north-east of the Chilean city of Arica.
According to Duran, the tremors caused panic in Arica, people in fear of leaving their homes.
"In some quarters of the wall collapsed," — said Duran.
Information about the deceased or injured in the earthquake have been reported yet.
Chile is characterized by high seismic activity. At the end of February 2010 in the South American country in the 8.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami killed more than 500 people.
In Peru, 15 August 2007 in the department of Ica, in 161 km from the capital city of Lima, there was a severe earthquake. As a result of a magnitude 8 earthquake hit the city on the entire southern coast of the country. Killed at least 519 people, and about 1.5 thousand people were injured. Nearly 17,000 people were left without electricity and phone service. More suffered the southern coast of the city, Chincha Alta, Pisco, Ica, and the capital of Lima.
Through Peru and Chile is the Pacific "fire zone" — the band of volcanoes and tectonic faults up to 40,000 kilometers. He circles the Pacific Ocean, passing along the coasts of North and South America to the southern part of Alaska, then turns to Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia, and ends near the island of New Guinea, New Zealand and South West Pacific. This is where the vast majority of known volcanoes of the planet and is 90% of all earthquakes in the world.