Chile Earthquake: Strong Quake Strikes Near Bolivia Border

A strong earthquake struck the Antofagasta region of Chile, near the Bolivia border, this afternoon.

The USGS reports the quake had a magnitude of 6.3 and it took place at 12:35 p.m. local time. Moderate intensity was felt in Alto Hospicio and Iquique.

The quake's epicenter was recorded as 55 miles northeast of Calama and 178 miles northeast of Antofagasta. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Reuters reports that the quake took place in a copper-rich part of Chile known for its mines, though early indications suggest there was no major mine damage.

According to Irish Weather Online, 2011 is on track to have the largest number of earthquakes in a single year for at least 12 years.