July 24, 2001

Quake leaves one dead, 3 injured in northern Chile

                 SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A strong earthquake rocked northern Chile
                 early Tuesday, killing one person and leaving three injured in remote
                 Andean villages, authorities said.

                 The tremor just after midnight had a preliminary magnitude of 6.5, the
                 government's Emergency Office said.

                 The epicenter was located 68 miles off the coast of the port city of Iquique,
                 1,120 miles north of the capital.

                 The Emergency Office said a 70-year-old woman was killed when a wall of her
                 house in the village of Jaina collapsed. Three people were injured, none of them
                 seriously, in similar incidents elsewhere in the sparsely populated area.

                 No major damage was reported but the Emergency Office said an evaluation
                 was still under way.

                   Copyright 2001 The Associated Press.