Pinera assumes Chile presidency amid quakes

March 12, 2010

WASHINGTONCOLUMBUS, Ohio KANSAS CITY, Mo. LOS — - A series of strong aftershocks from last month's devastating quake rocked Chile on Thursday as a new president was sworn into office. The strongest aftershock, with a magnitude of 6.9, was nearly as strong as the quake that devastated Haiti's capital on Jan. 12. The Chilean navy issued a tsunami warning while the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the aftershocks were too small to cause dangerous waves beyond Chile's central coast. President Sebastian Pinera was inaugurated at a congressional building in coastal Valparaiso before the building was evacuated as a precaution. The seven aftershocks strongly swayed buildings, shook windows and sent frightened Chileans streaming into the street.

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