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Aftershocks rattle Chile as military keeps order



IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) -- Coastal residents of Chile's far north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes as major aftershocks continued Thursday following a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that damaged several thousand homes and caused six deaths.

No new major damage or casualties were reported, and a heavy police and military presence kept order.

The infrastructure in the area is nearly entirely intact, but with aftershocks continuing, life has been anything but normal. 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.

After a magnitude-7.6 aftershock struck just before midnight Wednesday, Chile's Emergency Office and navy issued a tsunami alert, and for two hours ordered everyone living in low-lying areas along the country's entire 2,500-mile (4,000-kilometer) Pacific coastline to evacuate.

Among those moved inland was President Michelle Bachelet, who was in the city of Arica assessing damage in the north from Tuesday night's powerful quake.

"I was evacuated like all citizens. One can see that the people are prepared," she tweeted early Thursday.

Chile's evacuation order was lifted at around 2 a.m. Thursday. Some 900,000 people also were affected the night before when the entire coast was evacuated for several hours after Tuesday's bigger quake, although the tsunami proved small.

A 6.1-magnitude aftershock 47 miles (76 kms) southwest of Iquique shook the area again late Thursday.

The repeated aftershocks have shaken buildings and sent people running into the streets in the port of Iquique, the largest city closest to the epicenter. About 45 minutes before the 7.6 quake, a magnitude-6.5 aftershock also rattled Iquique. The shaking loosened more landslides near Alto Hospicio, a poor area at the entrance to Iquique where about 2,500 homes had been damaged in Tuesday's larger quake.

The Ministry of Education suspended classes again in schools in the north for Thursday, while the region's top prosecutor, Manuel Guerra, said his office is taking action against speculators who sharply raised prices for bread, water, milk and diapers. "They will be detained and charged," Guerra tweeted, calling on the community to denounce "intolerable" abuses.

The largest aftershock was felt across the border in southern Peru, where people in the cities of Tacna and Arequipa fled buildings in fear. Police Lt. Freddy Cuela in Tacna said no damage or injuries were reported. Peru's navy tweeted a tsunami alert for the country's extreme southern coast, which is next to the Chilean region hit by the quakes.

Authorities have reported six deaths, but didn't rule out the possibility others could have been killed in older structures made of adobe in remote communities that weren't immediately accessible.

The tsunami after Tuesday night's quake caused the sea to rise only 8 feet (2.5 meters) in Iquique, but that was enough to sink and damage many fishing boats, lifting some onto city streets and piling others up in the harbor.

Still, as Bachelet deployed hundreds of anti-riot police and soldiers to prevent looting and round up escaped prisoners, it was clear the loss of life and property could have been much worse.

The mandatory evacuations have been announced through cellphone text messages and Twitter, and reinforced by blaring sirens in neighborhoods where people regularly practice earthquake drills. But many Chileans have not downloaded the smartphone application that can alert them to evacuation orders, and some communities still lack warning sirens.

Chile is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and tsunamis are a particular danger because the fault zone lies just offshore, where the Nazca tectonic plate plunges beneath the South American plate.

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Associated Press writers Eva Vergara in Santiago, Michael Warren in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Frank Bajak in Lima, Peru, and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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ma1nguy April 04 2014 at 6:15 PM

I have a hard time with people trying to gain profit off the backs and misery of other people. Yes, try them to the fullest extent of the law.... Here in Hawaii in the early 90s with the coming hurricane of "Iniki" there was some price gouging as batteries were running in short supply and masking tape.

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Joebudgie ma1nguy April 04 2014 at 7:03 PM

Unfortunately, we see the same thing on the South East coast of the USA every time a named hurricane comes near. There have been laws passed in most States and communities that are designed to stop the gauging but that is hard to detect and enforce.

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dal ma1nguy April 04 2014 at 7:34 PM

Look if the federal goverment won't do anything to the oil industry when they jack gas prices at the pump when they are pumping record amounts of oil right here in the USA ( last year Saudi Arabia Pumped just over ten million barrels of oil while here they pumped around nine point five million barrels) what hope do we have of the goverment stepping in and doing the right thing anywhere else.

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Merrio Fryman dal April 04 2014 at 9:32 PM

our government is controlled by the big guy, thus not for or by the people.

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sfisher951 April 04 2014 at 3:13 PM

Gnarly (from 1829) originally meant "gnarled." In the 1970s, surfers started using the term to describe a dangerous wave; in the 1980s, teens started using it to mean both "excellent" and "disgusting." So how exactly does the word fit with the upfront headline?

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crotalus April 04 2014 at 3:28 PM

Another quake near Chile. Something which has been happening for millions of years. Some researchers say Charles Darwin's observations in Chile and his experience in the Concepcion Quake of 1835 convinced him that the mountains there were formed due to the actions of earthquakes over millions of years, not all at once by some act of creation or a giant catastrophe of some sort. Darwin made the observations and considered them supporting evidence of a theory advanced by English geologist Charles Lyell.
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=6006

So, this quake isn't a harbinger of the "end times". It is simply another quake in a very long line of quakes over many eons.

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groucho114 April 04 2014 at 3:57 PM

And there's already garbage in it.

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dal groucho114 April 04 2014 at 4:00 PM

Damn I saw that to! didn't take long for man to trash that new spot of earth.

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jijjhnsn dal April 04 2014 at 5:06 PM

Trash could have fallen in when earth moved.

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ronald1216 April 04 2014 at 2:06 PM

all the police and military will do is get out f control so tax payers get there moneys worth. they been busted breaking into homes there were supposed to protect thats why cameras arent allowed

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sunnyb90 April 04 2014 at 11:49 PM

Eveorah you forgot to mention Mt Rainer - plus St Helens I am sure will join the others.

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merkjones April 04 2014 at 9:50 PM

Not real sure I would want to walk up and look down that opening in the earth.

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DOMINIC April 04 2014 at 2:01 PM

THE PICTURE OF THE MAN SEEING THE ROAD SPLIT BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF WHEN I WAS ABOUT8 OR 9 YRS. IN SOUTHERN ITALY. MY FATHER AND I WERE GOING TO VISIT MY GRANDFATHER, WHE ABOUT HALF WAY UP THE HILL WE HEARD THE SOUNDS OF RUMBULINH TRAI - NO TRAIN WITHINH 100 MILES AND ALL OF SUDDEN THE GROUND BEGAN TO MOVE AND CREATE A VERY LARG GAP . IT PUT MY FATHER ON ONE SIDE AND ME ON THE OTHER AND MY FATHER KEPT TELLING ME TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE LARGE CRACK SO THAT I WOULD NOT SINK INTO IT. IN A VERY SHORT TIME IT CLOSED UP AND YOU COULD NOT TELL WHER IT HAPPENED. IT WAS AN EERE FEELING THAT I'LL NEVER FORGET.
MY GRANDFATHER AND GRAND MOTHER WHO LIVED A COUPLE MILES UP THE HILL DID NOT EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE SHOK.

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fretwerk DOMINIC April 04 2014 at 2:15 PM

That must have been incredible!!!

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misterbwg DOMINIC April 04 2014 at 2:17 PM

Why do you type in all caps? Are you a moron? Don't you know the proper etiquette when posting?

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cynthiapugz misterbwg April 04 2014 at 2:27 PM

So who are you? The caps police? Usually only self absorbed bores have to point out others imperfections. Maybe poster is old or handicapped, whats your excuse? It was a fine story, thank you Dominic

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coleagent007 April 04 2014 at 1:55 PM

Crazy, the thought of the Earth changing. It's not like all the continents were connected at one time, oh wait? Mother nature can and will keep changing the globe as we know it. It is not a matter of if but when...........

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almasearch April 04 2014 at 4:55 PM

Hmmmm. Based on the first picture, the Andes mountain range in Chile may have gotten about 2 feet higher. Too bad the energy released by these plates "sliding" by each other can't be harnassed.

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jijjhnsn almasearch April 04 2014 at 5:05 PM

Was that up/down or side by side type earth quake?

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