Monday, March 1, 2010

Aftershocks Jolt Chile as Troops Seek to Keep Order

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LIMA, Peru — Rescue workers and government troops struggled on Monday to reach earthquake-ravaged corners of Chile still cut off by crumbled roads, fallen bridges and downed telephone lines. Meanwhile, the Chilean government asked the United Nations for emergency assistance to cope with the widespread devastation.

Aftershocks continued to rattle heavily damaged cities along Chile’s coastline, complicating rescue efforts two days after a magnitude-8.8 earthquake touched off what President Michelle Bachelet called “an emergency unparalleled in the history of Chile.”

Early Sunday, a 6.1-magnitude aftershock,
The death toll from Saturday’s quake rose to 711
On Monday, the first of three significant temblors occurred at 3:24 a.m., with a magnitude of 4.8

Within the next 90 minutes, two more shocks hit the Maule region, south of Santiago. The first registered 4.9, and the second, with an epicenter offshore, was recorded at 5.3.

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