Santiago – A magnitude-6.4 earthquake shook the northern Chilean regions of Arica, Parinacota and Tarapaca on Monday without leaving any victims, though it did cause some minor damage and utility service failures, authorities said.
The temblor occurred at 6:00 a.m. (1000 GMT) and its epicenter was near the Peruvian border, 42 kilometers (26 miles) north of Arica city and some 2,100 kilometers (1,300 miles) north of Santiago, the Seismological Institute at the University of Chile said.
The U.S. Geological Service graded the quake as a magnitude-6.2.
Inhabitants on the coastal fringe of Arica city headed for higher ground as a preventive measure, fearing a possible tsunami.
But the Chilean navy's oceanographic office said that the quake lacked the necessary characteristics for sparking a tsunami.
Also seen in Arica were toppled walls and a power outage in some parts of the city, regional Gov. Jose Duran said on radio Cooperativa.