Source : http://news.bbc.co.uk
February 27, 2010 - A massive earthquake has hit central Chile and killed at least 214 people, the interior minister says.
The 8.8 quake caused widespread damage, destroying buildings, bridges and roads in many areas. Electricity, water and phone lines were cut.
Chilean President Michele Bachelet said that altogether two million people had been affected.
Several Pacific countries were hit by waves higher than usual after a tsunami was set off by the quake.
In French Polynesia waves 6ft (1.8m) high swept ashore, but there were no immediate reports of damage.
n Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand, residents in coastal areas were warned to move to higher ground.
Hawaii later lifted its tsunami warning after waves measuring just under 1m (3ft) high struck but caused no damage.
The earthquake struck at 0634 GMT, 115km (70 miles) north-east of the city of Concepcion and 325km south-west of the capital Santiago. It is the biggest to hit Chile in 50 years.
At least 85 people died in the region of Maule alone, local journalists there said.
Many deaths were also in reported in the regions of Santiago, O'Higgins, Biobio, Araucania and Valparaiso.
Television pictures showed a major bridge at Concepcion had collapsed into the Biobio river.
Rescue teams are finding it difficult to reach Concepcion because of damage to infrastructure, national television reported.Read full article »