Death toll climbs in Chile -

Death toll climbs in Chile

Steady stream of aftershocks continue to rock the devastated country


The death toll from the massive earthquake that struck Chile on Saturday jumped to at least 708 as of Sunday. The revised figure was released by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet after rescuers reached remote and badly damaged towns. Meanwhile, authorities have lifted previously-issued tsunami warnings after they failed to materialize in an area stretching from Southern California to Hawaii and Japan. Still, officials have recorded more than 90 aftershocks, ranging from 4.9 to 6.9 in magnitude. Bachelet called the quake an “unthinkable disaster,” and warned a “state of catastrophe” in the hardest-hit regions would persist.


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