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Chile declares state of emergency after quake

SANTIAGO, Chile The Chilean government declared a state of emergency in a central region Thursday after a magnitude-8.3 earthquake killed 11 people and caused widespread disruption.

President Michelle Bachelet declared the state of emergency for the region around the port city of Coquimbo, near the epicenter of the quake that struck late Wednesday, the daily El Mercurio reported, citing Interior Minister Jorge Burgos.

Hundreds of soldiers were to be sent to the affected region.

Parts of the country began to return to normal after a night of strong aftershocks and a small tsunami that flooded some coastal homes and businesses.

About 1 million...