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Rescue Effort Continues After Massive Quake

Rescuers struggle to save lives as quake toll grows

A major earthquake rocked a large area of northern Chile, and it was felt in the capital of Santiago. (AP)

CONCEPCION, Chile (AP) - Authorities in Chile say yesterday's
earthquake has left about 300 dead, and they expect that number
will continue to climb.

More than 100 died in Concepcion, a city of more than 200,000
near the epicenter. The city's streets are littered with rubble and
inmates have escaped from a nearby prison.

Rescuers are trying to reach people trapped in a new, 15-story
apartment building that toppled backward.

Police used water cannon and tear gas to scatter people who
forced open the doors of a supermarket, hauling away everything
from diapers to a kitchen stove.

Across the river in San Pedro, looters cleared out a shopping
mall. A video store was set on fire, automatic teller machines were
broken open, a bank was robbed and a supermarket emptied.

Ninety aftershocks of magnitude 5 or greater followed the
initial quake, which measured 8.8. One aftershock was nearly as
powerful as the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January.


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