death toll rises in: chile!

February 28, 2010

The number of people confirmed dead after Chile’s earthquake has soared to 708 and is expected to rise further, President Michelle Bachelet has said.

Previously about 300 people had been reported to have been killed in Saturday’s 8.8 magnitude quake – one of the most powerful recorded.

Massive damage is hampering rescue teams as they struggle to reach those still buried in the rubble.

The Chilean government has declared a curfew in two of the worst-hit areas.

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This earthquake was serious business! The magnitude was higher than that of the Haitian earthquake, if I read correctly. It makes me wonder if there will be a massive relief effort from the US a la Haiti. Or do they just pick and choose who they want to relieve?

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