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Updated: March 5, 2010 15:49 IST

Strong aftershock hits Chile quake zone

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Nelia Desarmes, 2, stands next to her family in San Bernardo, Chile, on Wednesday. The Desarmes family left their native Haiti two weeks after the devastating January 12 earthquake, joining the eldest son in Chile for what seemed a refuge from the fear and chaos of Port-au-Prince. Their sense of security lasted barely a month. It was shattered at 3:43 a.m. on Saturday when one of the most powerful quakes on record shook a swath of Chile. Photo: AP.
Nelia Desarmes, 2, stands next to her family in San Bernardo, Chile, on Wednesday. The Desarmes family left their native Haiti two weeks after the devastating January 12 earthquake, joining the eldest son in Chile for what seemed a refuge from the fear and chaos of Port-au-Prince. Their sense of security lasted barely a month. It was shattered at 3:43 a.m. on Saturday when one of the most powerful quakes on record shook a swath of Chile. Photo: AP.

A strong aftershock with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 has struck Chile’s quake—stricken city of Concepcion, sending people running into the streets.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the aftershock hit at 6:19 a.m. (0939 GMT, 4:19 a.m. EST) on Friday. People in Concepcion, ran out of buildings in their nightclothes.

Dozens of aftershocks have been recorded in Chile since Saturday’s 8.8—magnitude quake.

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