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Aftershocks rattle Chile as military keeps order

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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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