IQUIQUE, Chile — Coastal residents of Chile's far north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes as major aftershocks continued Thursday after 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 Pacific coastline to evacuate.