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Companies rein in flashy perks, find other rewards for CEOs

By Ross Kerber BOSTON (Reuters) - For some executives, corporate perks are getting just a little less exciting. A number of major U.S. companies are cutting back on glamorous luxuries like personal jet use, country-club memberships, and luxury rentals, recent corporate filings show. Often the shifts follow pressure from shareholders, who in recent years have criticized soaring executive pay and over-the-top perks.

Chile hit by powerful quake aftershock, no major damage

By Anthony Esposito and Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile late on Wednesday but there were no reports of damage and a precautionary tsunami alert along the coast and in neighboring Peru was called off. It was the strongest of several aftershocks that followed a huge 8.2-magnitude quake blamed for six deaths in the same region on Tuesday.

New earthquake in Chile prompts tsunami alerts

By Anthony Esposito and Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile late on Wednesday, prompting tsunami alerts and evacuations along the coast and in neighboring Peru. It was the strongest of several aftershocks that followed a huge 8.2-magnitude quake blamed for six deaths in the region on Tuesday.

Peru issues tsunami alert along southern coast after 7.8 quake strikes Chile

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru issued a tsunami alert along its southern coast after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile, the Peruvian Navy said via Twitter on Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey upgraded the earthquake - the strongest of several aftershocks since a massive quake rocked the region on Tuesday - to 7.8 after initially reporting it had a magnitude of 7.4. There were no initial reports of damages in Peru. (Reporting by Mitra Taj; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Powerful 7.8 earthquake rocks northern Chile

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8 rocked northern Chile late Wednesday, the day after a deadly 8.2 jolt in the same region, authorities said. A tsunami warning was issued and thousands of people were ordered to evacuate inland from coastal areas, according to authorities who had first measured the quake at 7.4. The new temblor struck at 2343 local (0143 GMT), 20 km (14 miles) south of the city of Iquique, the navy's alert service said. "Based on its strength a tsunami warning has been issued," the nationaloceanographic agency, known as CHOA, added.

Chileans survey damage after huge quake kills six

Thousands of Chileans returned to their homes Wednesday after spending the night on hills following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake that killed six people and sparked tsunami fears as far as Japan. Police and soldiers patrolled the streets to prevent looting after Tuesday's quake in the north of Chile, which escaped a major catastrophe after people evacuated their homes along the lengthy coast.

Japan issues tsunami alert after Chile quake

Japan issued a tsunami alert early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake across the Pacific Ocean in Chile. The Japan Meteorological Agency said a tsunami of up to 1.0 metre (three feet) may hit eastern Pacific coast regions. bur/mtp/jhb

Chileans return homes after huge quake kills 6

A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit northern Chile's Pacific coast on Tuesday, killing at least six people as tsunami waves of more than two meters lashed the shore. The quake sent panicked residents pouring into the streets, with more than 900,000 people along Chile's coast heeding government orders to evacuate their homes and seek higher ground. But by Wednesday morning thousands of people had begun returning home with the arrival of daylight to survey the destruction.

Chile calls off tsunami alert after 8.2 magnitude quake

Chile on Wednesday called off a tsunami alert declared after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck the northern part of the country. Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo announced the decision by the national disaster agency ONEMI, and raised the death toll from the quake from five to six. rto/dw/hmn

Indonesia says could be hit by small tsunami from Chile quake

Indonesia warned Wednesday that it could be hit by a small tsunami generated by an 8.2-magnitude earthquake that struck off Chile's Pacific coast, and told residents to stay away from beaches. Tsunami waves up to half a metre (1.6 feet) high "will possibly affect several areas in Indonesia" from early Thursday, said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
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