Aftershocks rattle Chile as military keeps order

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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