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Published time: April 03, 2014 03:02

Edited time: April 03, 2014 04:31

A cameraman records near cars caught under rubble after an earthquake and tsunami hit the northern port of Iquique April 2, 2014. (Reuters / Ivan Alvarado)

A cameraman records near cars caught under rubble after an earthquake and tsunami hit the northern port of Iquique April 2, 2014. (Reuters / Ivan Alvarado)

A 7.6-magnitude aftershock has rocked the same area of northern Chile where a massive 8.2 earthquake struck on Tuesday. The earlier quake, which caused a tsunami, killed six people and forced almost one million others to evacuate.

The Wednesday quake occurred just before 02:43 GMT off the northern coast of Chile, 19 km (14 miles) south of Iquique, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter of the latest quake was located at a shallow depth of 40 km (24.9 miles).

Chile’s emergency ministry has ordered a preventative evacuation along the northern Chilean coastline.

However there have been no official reports of damage or injury in Chile or Peru, according to Reuters.

A tsunami warning issued for Chile and Peru has been canceled, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected,” it said earlier. However minor tsunami waves did hit the northern coast of the country.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has been evacuated from the Arica coast, local media has reported.

Aftershocks measuring magnitudes of 5.6 and 5.8 occurred after the 7.6 quake, according to the USGS. Both were located around 70 to 75 km (43 to 46 miles) southwest of Inquique.


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Another strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 6.4, also struck 47 km (29 miles) west of Iquique at around 01:58 GMT Wednesday evening.

This comes one day after an 8.2 magnitude quake hit 95 km (59 miles) northwest of the same area, around Iquique.

After Tuesday’s quake, tsunami warnings spurred the evacuation of 900,000 people and 11 hospitals along the coastline, government officials said.

At least six people died following the quake, Chile’s Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said. Many of the victims died from heart attacks or falling debris.

16 students, 2 adults taken to area hospitals

DOUGLAS, Mass. — Eighteen patients, including sixteen children, were taken to local hospitals and the Douglas Municipal Center was evacuated Monday morning after high carbon monoxide readings were reported in the building.

Seventy-seven students who attend a kindergarten housed in the building were taken to a nearby elementary school.

“Two of the students had a headache, two were nauseous, but mostly it was anxiety so it was important to check them and we continue to do that,” said Nancy Lane, Douglas school superintendent.

Two adults were also among those taken to area hospitals.  None of the injuries were reported to be serious.

A malfunctioning boiler caused the problems about 10:30 a.m. at the building on Depot Street, fire officials said.

“Until we know the furnace is fixed, they’ll stay out of the building,” said Douglas Police Chief Patrick Foley.

Emergency crews from Douglas and several other neighboring towns responded to the incident.

Manchester apartment evacuated

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Manchester firefighters responded to an apartment building on Auburn Street Sunday for a carbon monoxide leak.

Firefighters said they found high levels of carbon monoxide and evacuated the apartment. The victims, ages 9 to 64,were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The apartment building has been ventilated. Firefighters said there were no carbon monoxide detectors present in the building.

Barrows Elementary School evacuated

READING, Mass. —Students and faculty members were evacuated from an elementary school in Reading Tuesday morning after high levels of carbon monoxide were detected.

Students in the Barrows School on Edgemont Avenue in Reading were evacuated to Austin Prep where parents were notified to pick them up.

There was no immediate word if anyone inside the building was sickened by the fumes.

Coastal flood warning issued by National Weather Service

CITUATE, Mass. —Voluntary evacuations were recommended in Duxbury and Scituate Friday as the South Shore of Massachusetts and Cape Cod braced for one more flooding tide during the Blizzard of 2014.

Late Thursday night, there was significant flooding in Duxbury at Plymouth Avenue and Gurnett Road due to a sea wall break near Marshfield border, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said.

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Cindy’s coastal flooding forecast

“The Friday midday high tide is the one of greatest concern given the expected combination of the astronomical tide, surge and wave action,” the National Weather Service said on its website.

“High winds have pushed water into Cape Cod Bay, and the water will not recede prior to the midday high tide,” MEMA warned residents of Sandwich.

In Scituate, the wind roared off the ocean Thursday night, making it difficult for reporters to describe conditions.

Minor flooding was reported there Thursday night, as well as in Hull.

Repairs have been made in Scituate to the seawall that was damaged during last February’s blizzard.

Dave Ball, a Scituate resident, said the improvements give some reassurance. “It wasn’t here a few months ago, (it’s) a huge difference.”

“The midday Friday tide is the one we have to watch for,” said Storm Team 5 meteorologist Mike Wankum. “The wave action is going to have chance to build at that point.”