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A city of northwest Chile on the Pacific Ocean south of the Peruvian border. Founded in the 1500s, it was ceded to Chile by Peru in 1883.
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(Spanish iˈkike)
(Placename) a port in N Chile: oil refineries. Pop: 243 000 (2005 est)
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(iˈki kɛ)

a seaport in N Chile. 132,948.
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One which I caught at Iquique, (for they are found in Chile and Peru,) was very empty.
Iquique, Chile: Northern Chile was shaken by an 8.2 magnitude earthquake that killed five people and forced the evacuation of coastal areas, prompting President Michelle Bachelet to order military leaders to the region to keep order.
Chile's arid, mineral-rich north is sparsely populated, with most of the population concentrated in the port towns of Iquique and Arica, near the Peruvian border.
IQUIQUE, Chile -- Hard-won expertise and a big dose of luck helped Chile escape its latest magnitude-8.2 earthquake with surprisingly little damage and death.
Geological Survey said the quake was shallow at 12.5 miles (20.1 km) below the seabed and struck about 100 km northwest of the mining port of Iquique near the Peruvian border.
According to, the governor of Iquique Gonzalo Prieto confirmed the deaths and injuries in an interview with a local radio station.
It struck 99 km northwest of the port city of Iquique at 8:46 pm local time (10:46a m AEDT).
The 8.0-magnitude quake, struck 50 miles from Iquique on the coast of Chile and led to a large scale evacuation.