Aftershocks rattle Chile as military keeps order

Heavy machinery is used in the clearing of debris on the road leading to the town of Camarones, in Arica, Thursday Apr. 3, 2014. The road was cut off due to the magnitude-8.2 quake that struck Chile's Northern coast on Tuesday. Authorities discovered surprisingly light damage from the quake. As strong aftershocks continue, power remains out in many areas, and hospitals were handling only emergencies. Schools were closed, and large supermarkets and gas stations coordinated their reopenings Thursday with police and military to avoid problems with long lines of customers. (AP Photo/ Luis Hidalgo)
Heavy machinery is used in the clearing of debris on the road leading to the town of Camarones, in Arica, Thursday Apr. 3, 2014. The road was cut off due to the magnitude-8.2 quake that struck Chile's Northern coast on Tuesday. Authorities discovered surprisingly light damage from the quake. As strong aftershocks continue, power remains out in many areas, and hospitals were handling only emergencies. Schools were closed, and large supermarkets and gas stations coordinated their reopenings Thursday with police and military to avoid problems with long lines of customers. (AP Photo/ Luis Hidalgo)

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. 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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