December 16, 2007 / 3:47 PM / 12 years ago

Moderate quake shakes northern Chile, cuts power

SANTIAGO, Dec 16 (Reuters) - A moderately strong earthquake of 6.7 magnitude shook Chile’s mineral-rich northern region early on Sunday, setting off rock slides and cutting power but causing no injuries.

The quake struck at 5:09 a.m. (0809 GMT) and had an epicenter 68 miles (109 km) west of Calama, 81 miles (130 km) north northeast of Antofagasta, and 160 miles (257 km) south of Iquique, the heart of Chile’s mining region.

Authorities said there were no immediate reports of injuries, although power still was being restored at midmorning.

There were no immediate reports of damages from key mines in the region.

The quake was felt strongest in the same cities that suffered from a 7.7 magnitude quake on Nov. 14 and which collapsed homes and buildings, killing two people and injuring 115, and there have been a number of aftershocks since then.

On Saturday another earthquake saw two houses collapse in the port city of Valparaiso. (Reporting by Pav Jordan; Editing by Bill Trott)

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