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Chile struggles after quake

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Chile struggles after quake


Another major aftershock has hit Chile this morning as the death toll from the weekend’s earthquake leaps to more than 700 and authorities struggle to contain looters.

A curfew is now in place in Concepcion, close to the epicentre of Saturday’s 8.8 magnitude quake.

Police have been arresting those stealing non-essential items such as TVs and fridges, but going easier on those seeking food.

One woman told reporters: “We don’t have any water or anything to eat. We lived on the fifth floor of a building, everything collapsed, we don’t have anything. I’ve got a baby and I don’t have any bread or water.”

Troops have been sent to the city but the tear gas they used to quell the looting also forced rescue workers to temporarily halt their search for survivors among the rubble.

The death toll from the quake jumped after 350 people were reported killed in the town of Constitucion.

The quake and severe aftershocks were felt over a huge area stretching into northern Argentina.

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