Chile earthquake: 6 dead, almost a million evacuated

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Tribune wire reports

SANTIAGO, Chile—
Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated from Chile’s low-lying coastal areas returned home Wednesday morning after authorities called off a tsunami alarm as damage from a massive overnight earthquake seemed mostly limited.

The major earthquake, with a magnitude 8.2, struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday, killing six and triggering a tsunami that pounded the shore with 7-foot waves.

Officials said the dead included people–a firefighter among them–who were crushed by collapsing walls or were killed by heart attacks.

Angamos, a key copper exporting port in northern Mejillones, escaped major damage, but workers were evacuated as a precaution, port union leader Enrique Solar told Reuters.

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