Aftershocks rattle Chile as military keeps order


Associated Press

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 3 at 3:03 PM

IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) — There are no reports of significant new damage from the aftershocks that continue to be felt in northern Chile, where residents spent a second sleepless night outside their homes.

On Tuesday, a magnitude-8.2 quake damaged several thousand homes and caused six deaths.

Power is still out in many areas, and hospitals are handling only emergencies. There's a heavy police and military presence in the streets to help keep order.

One strong aftershock just before midnight prompted a tsunami alert. People living in low-lying areas along the country's entire coastline were told to move inland. Among those who did so was Chile's president, Michelle Bachelet (bah-cheh-LET'). She'd been assessing damage from the quake.

The evacuation order was lifted at around 2 a.m.

A tsunami after Tuesday night's quake caused the sea to rise just eight feet in the largest city near the epicenter -- but that was enough to sink and damage many fishing boats. Some ended up on city streets.

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044-c-13-(Alejandro Manrique (al-eh-HAHN'-droh mahn-REE'-kay), AP correspondent)-"hit the day before"-AP correspondent Alejandro Manrique reports a powerful aftershock in Chile resulted in evacuations and more fear for residents still reeling from Tuesday's earthquake. (3 Apr 2014)

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046-c-12-(Alejandro Manrique (al-eh-HAHN'-droh mahn-REE'-kay), AP correspondent)-"on Tuesday night"-AP correspondent Alejandro Manrique reports a powerful aftershock on Wednesday night terrified residents who had just experienced a very powerful earthquake a day earlier. (3 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO XLHP102: Fishermen look for boats to salvage damaged overnight in the port of Iquique, Chile, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Chilean authorities discovered surprisingly light damage Wednesday from a magnitude-8.2 quake that struck in the Pacific Ocean, Tuesday evening, near the mining port of Iquique, a northern coastal city of nearly 200,000 people. Fishing boats were lifted onto city streets and others were sunk in the port. Six deaths have been reported. ( AP Photo/ Luis Hidalgo, Pool) (2 Apr 2014)

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