Huge aftershock sends families fleeing in Chile

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A powerful aftershock hit northern Chile late Wednesday, sending fearful residents onto the streets or up nearby hills just a day after a 8.2-magnitude earthquake triggered tsunami alerts and mass evacuations.

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Earthquake defense: How building rules saved lives in Chile

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Strict building regulations enforced due to Chile’s history of violent seismology have been credited with minimizing the death toll in the wake of Tuesday’s magnitude-8.2 earthquake.

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'Destructive' Chile earthquake kills five, forces evacuations
A massive earthquake struck off the coast of Chile late Tuesday near the port city of Iquique, according to the U.S. Geological Survey — killing five, injuring three, and triggering tsunami warnings for a long arm of Latin America’s Pacific coast.

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'Destructive' earthquake strikes off Chile coast, USGS reports

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A massive earthquake struck off the coast of Chile late Tuesday near the port city of Iquique, according to the U.S. Geological Survey — prompting evacuation orders and a tsunami warning for a long arm of Latin America’s Pacific coast.

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Experts in Chile fear catastrophe as 300 quakes hit in one week

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Chile’s northern coast has been hit by more than 300 earthquakes in the past week in what seismologists warned Tuesday could be the precursor to a long-overdue disaster.

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Mummies reveal ancient nicotine habit

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The hair of mummies from the town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile reveals the people in the region had a nicotine habit spanning from at least 100 B.C. to A.D. 1450.

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Alien-looking skeleton poses mystery

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A teensy skeleton with a squashed alienlike head may have earthly origins — but the remains, found in Chile’s Atacama Desert a decade ago, do make for quite a medical mystery.

Is it a hoax? Scientists don’t think so.

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The young, hot stars come out for telescope’s inauguration

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A gorgeous photo of a star-forming region of space called the Carina Nebula marks the inauguration of a new telescope — the largest instrument in the world devoted to surveying the sky in visible light.

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile was officially inaugurated Thursday in Naples, Italy.

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