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Chileans survey damage after huge quake kills six

Published on Apr 3, 2014 8:17 AM

IQUIQUE, Chile (AFP) - Thousands of Chileans returned home on Wednesday after spending the night on hills following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake that killed six people and sparked tsunami fears as far as Japan.

Police and soldiers patrolled the streets to prevent looting after Tuesday's quake in the north of Chile, which escaped a major catastrophe after nearly one million people evacuated their homes along the lengthy coast.

The chaos - and a collapsed wall - allowed some 300 inmates to escape a women's prison in Iquique, the city closest to the huge quake's epicenter.

Authorities said 110 of them had been recaptured.

A cracked road in Iquique, northern Chile, on April 2, 2014, a day after a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit off Chile's Pacific coast. -- PHOTO: AFP
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