Chile’s Tour Operator, La Patrie Tours, said at least 30 people were killed in a quake near the village of Maracay in Mali’s far east on Friday, the deadliest earthquake the region has experienced since a 6.7 magnitude quake in 2007.
The quake struck about 500 km (310 miles) northeast of Maracaibo, where the tour operators offices are located.
The Tour Operators’ Ministry said the death toll could rise as more people are accounted for.
Chile has seen a spate of quakes in recent years.
Earlier this year, two temblors killed 17 people in the central Chilean town of Punta Arenas.
In 2016, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake killed at least 23 people in Santiago.
Chile is home to many tour operators operating in the mountainous, mountainous region.
Tourism officials said in April that they were working to ensure that safety was not compromised by the quake and that the government was working with its partners to provide necessary relief aid.