At least 10 people injured following strong earthquake in southern Peru, northern Chile

May 6th, 2010 - 2:41 pm ICT by BNO News  

TACNA, PERU (BNO NEWS) — A strong earthquake struck southern Peru and northern Chile on Wednesday, injuring at least 10 people and causing blackouts and moderate damage, witnesses and radio reports say.

The 6.4-magnitude earthquake at 9.42 p.m. local time was centered about 25 kilometers (16 miles) west of Tacna, Peru, and 59 kilometers (36 miles) north-northwest of Arica, Chile. It struck about 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Radio Uno in Tacna, Peru quoting officials reported moderate damage at least 10 people injured admitted to two hospitals.

Chile’s National Office of Emergency said there were no immediate reports of damage in Arica. Witnesses said the quake caused power outages, but that electricity had already been restored.

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