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Chile earthquake kills at least 147, sets off tsunami

TALCA, Chile (AP) - The strongest earthquake to hit Chile in 50 years has left at least 147 dead and set off a tsunami that threatens the entire Pacific Rim.

The magnitude-8.8 quake collapsed bridges, blocked roads and damaged buildings including hospitals in the capital, Santiago.

Electricity, water and phone lines have been cut to many areas.

The quake shook buildings in Argentina's capital of Buenos Aires, and was felt as far away as Sao Paulo, Brazil - 1,800 miles to the east.

The quake was followed by dozens of powerful aftershocks.

Six were magnitude 6 or greater, and 41 were at least magnitude 5.

The largest earthquake ever recorded struck the same area of Chile in May of 1960.

The magnitude-9.5 quake killed 1,655 people and left 2 million homeless.

The tsunami that it caused killed people in Hawaii, Japan and the Philippines and caused damage to the west coast of the United States.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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