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Chile earthquake kills 120, triggers tsunami

Last updated on: February 27, 2010 22:43 IST

Quake in Chile, ripples in Asia

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A massive earthquake rattled Chile early Saturday, killing 120 people, producing powerful aftershocks and triggering a tsunami, emerging reports indicate. The death toll is expected to go high.


Image: People gather on a Santiago street after the quake ravaged the city.
Photographs: Reuters
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Alert on US West Coast

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Dreaded tsunami waves, television and agency reports say, are likely to hit Asian, Australian and New Zealand shores within 24 hours of the earthquake. The West Coast of the US too was alerted. 


Image: A municipal worker clears rubble from a street in Santiago after the quake.
Photographs: Reuters
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Alert sounded in Pacific Rim

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A tsunami warning has been extended across the Pacific Rim, including most of Central and South America and as far as Australia and Antarctica.

Image: Images of massive destruction
Photographs: Reuters
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Juan Fernandez too affected

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The wave has already caused serious damage to the sparsely populated Juan Fernandez islands, off the Santiago coast, reports said.

Image: A man clears rubble after the quake in Santiago.
Photographs: Reuters
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Death toll could go up

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The 8.8-magnitude quake, the country's largest in 25 years, shook the capital Santiago, leading to massive destruction, reports added. 

Image: Image by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Centre
Photographs: Reuters
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