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Published: Thursday April 3, 2014 MYT 12:06:12 PM
Updated: Thursday April 3, 2014 MYT 12:07:55 PM

Chile president evacuated from Arica coastline after quake

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's President Michelle Bachelet was evacuated from her hotel in the northern city of Arica after a strong 7.8 magnitude quake triggered a tsunami alert, local media reported on Thursday.

She was visiting the area assessing damages after a massive 8.2 magnitude quake and ensuing tsunami rocked the area on Tuesday.

The latest quake, the largest of a series of aftershocks following the powerful and deadly 8.2 magnitude quake that hit on Tuesday, was located 12 miles (19 km) south of the port of Iquique at a relatively shallow depth of 12.4 miles (20 km), the USGS said. It was earlier reported as a 7.4 magnitude quake.

(Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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