Saturday, February 27, 2010

UPDATE 11-Massive earthquake strikes Chile, 122 dead

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clipped from www.reuters.com

* Buildings toppled, bridges and roads damaged

SANTIAGO, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A huge magnitude-8.8
earthquake struck Chile early on Saturday, killing at least 122
people, knocking down homes and hospitals, and triggering a
tsunami that rolled menacingly across the Pacific.

TV Chile reported that a 15-storey building collapsed in
the hardest-hit city of Concepcion, where buildings caught
fire, major highway bridges collapsed and cracks opened up in
the streets. Cars turned upside down lay scattered across one
damaged bridge.

Chilean President-elect Sebastian Pinera said 122 people
had been killed and the death toll could climb higher.

Tsunami warnings were posted around the Pacific, including
the U.S. state of Hawaii, Japan and Russia.

"Never in my life have I experienced a quake like this,
it's like the end of the world," one man told local television
from the city of Temuco, where the quake damaged homes and
forced staff to evacuate the regional hospital.

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