SANTIAGO — A magnitude-6.2 earthquake shook down walls and knocked out electricity in parts of far-northern Chile, but no injuries or major damage were reported.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, which occurred at 6 a.m. local time, was centered 66 miles northeast of the city of Arica.
It was also felt in some regions of Peru and in the Bolivian capital of La Paz, 120 miles away.
The Chilean government emergency agency said about 250 people fled into the streets of Arica when the shaking started but then returned to their homes.
Tarapaca region Gov. Jose Durana said walls fell in some sectors and some roads were blocked by the quake, which also cut power to more than 3,000 homes in Arica.
Power also was cut for a time in the Peruvian city of Tacna.
A magnitude-7.1 quake struck central Chile on March 25 and in 2010, a magnitude-8.8 quake caused a tsunami that obliterated much of the downtown area of the coastal city of Constitucion.
Drug war’s latest toll: 49 headless bodies
MONTERREY — Police found 49 mutilated bodies scattered in a pool of blood near the border with the U.S., a region where Mexico’s two dominant drug cartels are trying to outdo each other in bloodshed while warring over smuggling routes.
The bodies of 43 men and six women with their heads, hands and feet chopped off were dumped at the entrance to the town of San Juan, on a highway that connects the industrial city of Monterrey with Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas.
At the spot where authorities discovered the bodies before dawn Sunday, a white stone arch that normally welcomes visitors to the town was spray-painted with “100% Zeta” in black letters - an apparent reference to the fearsome Zetas drug cartel that was founded by deserters from the Mexican army’s special forces.
The bodies, some of them in plastic garbage bags, were most likely brought to the spot and dropped from the back of a dump truck, Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene said.
Mr. Domene said the dead would be hard to identify because of the lack of heads, hands and feet. The remains were taken to a Monterrey auditorium for DNA tests.View Entire Story
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