Chile Defends Response to Quake, Threat of Tsunami

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chilean authorities are defending their
response to the tsunami threat from Sunday's 7.1-magnitude
earthquake.

Spokesman Andres Chadwick says the government will always be
cautious in protecting people.

After the quake hit Sunday night, Chile's national emergency
office issued an evacuation order, then lifted the alert. It
re-established the warning after police saw the ocean retreat from
shore in the Maule region, worried that the tide could return with
deadly force.

An official survey Monday has found only slight damage, even as
more than 19 aftershocks rattled central Chile. Fourteen people
suffered slight injuries and one elderly woman died of a heart
attack. Some buildings in coastal Constitution suffered structural
damage.


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