SANTIAGO – A magnitude-5.5 earthquake rocked extreme northern Chile early Sunday, but no injuries or damage have been reported, the University of Chile’s Seismology Institute said.
The temblor hit at 5:13 a.m. and its epicenter was located 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) west of Visviri and 2,296 kilometers (1,427 miles) north of Santiago.
The quake occurred at a depth of 194.4 kilometers (about 121 miles), the institute said.
The earthquake rocked the cities of Arica, Cuya, Pocon Chile, Camina, Mamiña and Pisagua, the national emergency management office said.
Last Sunday, a magnitude-5.9 earthquake rocked northern Chile, but no injuries or damage were reported.
Residents of several cities and towns in Antofagasta region ran into open areas in a panic as soon as the ground started to rock, radio reports said.
The South American country was hit by a magnitude-8.4 earthquake on Sept. 16 that killed 13 people, forced more than 9,000 others from their homes and caused extensive damage.
The earthquake caused a tsunami, forcing officials to order the evacuation of more than 1 million people living along the coast.