Chile Earthquake Kills More Than 140
Posted on Feb 27, 2010
An earthquake in central Chile has killed more than 140, authorities say, and triggered both a tsunami and a declaration of a “state of catastrophe.” Chilean President Michelle Bachelet warned that there would probably be more deaths and more aftershocks.
A massive earthquake has hit central Chile, killing at least 147 people, the country’s president-elect says.
The 8.8 magnitude quake struck at 0634 GMT about 115km (70 miles) north-east of the city of Concepcion and 325km south-west of the capital, Santiago.
President Michelle Bachelet declared a “state of catastrophe” in affected areas and appealed for calm.
A tsumami set off by the quake has triggered warnings in countries around the Pacific Ocean.
Television Nacional de Chile via The BBC
The first scenes from an 8.8 earthquake in Chile, near Concepcion, were shown on Chilean national television.