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Chile says tsunami alert to stay in place at least 6 hours

SANTIAGO, April 1 (Reuters) - Chile's Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said a tsunami alert for the country's coastline will remain in place for at least another six hours following a major earthquake.

The magnitude 8.2 quake struck off the northern coast of Chile on Tuesday, triggering a tsunami that hit the northern part of the country, but the government said there was no serious damage and no reports of deaths.

(Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Kim Coghill)