7.6 aftershock hits Chilean coast

(CNN) - A strong aftershock hit the Chilean coast Wednesday evening.

This comes in the wake of Tuesday's deadly earth tremor that killed 6. The aftershock was rated at a magnitude of 7.6. Local people were evacuated from their homes, in line with well-established earthquake drills.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who toured the region Wednesday, praised local authorities for responding in an "exemplary manner" to a powerful earthquake and the tsunami that followed.

Chile is one of the world's most volatile areas for seismic activity.


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