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Chile Earthquake 2010: Latest Updates, Video

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Note: Live blog archives from Saturday and Sunday here.

6:30 PM ET -- Bachelet urges calm, vows stern response to looting. The BBC reports that there are as many as 14,000 troops in Concepcion, where Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has appealed for calm. A BBC correspondent says police are posted on street corners throughout the city, but that aid had yet to reach those in need in the devastated city.

12:30 PM ET -- Chile wasn't prepared for the tsunami. TIME takes a look at why the country, despite being so well prepared for the impact of an earthquake, was less effective in dealing with the tsunami that followed:

Disaster officials now say the majority of Chile's fatalities may have resulted from the temblor-generated tsunami waves that slammed coastal towns like Constitución, where 350 people were killed. And that points up the only area in which Chile and its government may have fallen short in this disaster.

Read the full piece here.

9:45 AM ET -- The search for survivors. AP has raw video from this morning of rescue workers searching for survivors amid the rubble.


9:42 AM ET-- How the earthquake effected earth. According to a National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist, saturday's earthquake most likely "probably shifted the Earth's axis and shortened the day," Bloomberg reports.

9:40 AM ET -- The hardest-hit parts of Chile. An AP video report from Concepcion this morning on ongoing aid efforts.


9:30 AM ET -- Chile extends curfew. The government has extended a curfew in Concepcion, the country's second largest city, which has been plagued by looting since Saturday's earthquake. The curfew will now last until midday, as security forces struggle to contain looters.

From the NYT: "Chilean newspapers quoted President Michelle Bachelet as saying that the situation in the devastated city of Concepción was "under control," even though reports indicated that most of the city was still without electricity, phone service or running water."

9:00 AM ET, Tuesday March 2 -- Clinton arrives in Chile. The secretary of state will be there for just a few hours before heading to Brazil as part of her week-long tour of South America.

From the AP:

Clinton flew into the capital of Santiago, delivering much-needed satellite communication equipment and a technician. It's a first installment of what she says will be substantial U.S. relief assistance.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in Washington on Monday that Chile has also asked for a field hospital and water purification systems. Other details of U.S. aid are to be worked out during Clinton's visit.

U.S. officials said Chile would not have to repay any U.S. assistance.

5:30 PM ET -- Looting continues. Chilean police arrested dozens of people Monday for violating a curfew which was issued in an effort to contain looting, the AP reports. (The BBC says troops arrested closer to 160 people and also shot and killed one man.) However, as a Wall Street Journal dispatch explains, packs of looters are still causing problems in the devastated city of Concepcion. "Men, women, teenagers -- even the elderly -- joined in an effort to stop gangs from invading their neighborhoods. They wore armbands to identify themselves as watch groups, and were armed with axes, sticks, stones, wooden bedposts - and sometimes guns," the Journal writes.

A curfew has been put in place from 9 p.m this evening until 6 a.m. Tuesday. More on the looting from the Los Angeles Times.

This AP video shows looters emptying out a business in Concepcion.


This video from Britain's Channel 4 shows looting in Concepcion on Sunday.


5:20 PM ET -- Death toll rises to 723.

3:30 PM ET -- Aid plane crashes. Six people have died after a plane carrying aid to Concepcion crashed, Sky News reports.

11:50 AM ET -- The search for survivors. AP has news of a successful rescue:

Across the highway from a looted supermarket in Concepcion, the big city closest to the epicenter, rescuers heard the knock of trapped victims inside a toppled 70-unit apartment building began to drill holes through thick walls trying to reach them, said fire department Commander Juan Carlos Subercaseux.

Firefighters had already pulled 25 survivors from the building, as well as eight people who died.

Here's raw video from CNN of rescue efforts in Chile:


11:45 AM ET -- Survivor recounts quake. A U.S. exchange student in Chile describes the terrifying shaking as the quake struck.

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11:15 AM ET -- The scale of the damage. ITN News takes a look at the enormous devastation from Saturday's earthquake. Chile's President Michelle Bachelet said it would be days before the government would know the full extent of the damage.


11:00 AM ET -- More aftershocks Monday. The New York Times' Marc Lacey describes three aftershocks that struck the country Monday:

The first of the three temblors on Monday occurred at 3:24 a.m., with a magnitude of 4.8, according to seismologists at the United States Geological Survey who placed the epicenter 105 miles south of the city of Valparaíiso.

Within the next 90 minutes, two more shocks hit the Maule region, south of Santiago. The first registered 4.9, and the second, with an epicenter offshore, was recorded at 5.3.

10:50 AM ET -- Chile asks UN for international aid. From the AP:

U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs says Chile officially made its request Monday, two days after the 8.8-magnitude quake struck about 325 kilometers (200 miles) south of the capital, Santiago, and killed over 700 people.

Byrs told The Associated Press that the global body was now "ready to take action."

10:40 AM ET -- Chile sends troops to quash looting. MSNBC says the country has dispatched as many as 10,000 troops to crack down on post-earthquake looting.

From the AP:

Police chief Eliecer Soler said officers arrested 55 people for violating a curfew imposed after looters sacked nearly market in town. Troops ordered into the city by Bachelet began to patrol to enforce security.

At least a few looters re-emerged to rob a market on Monday despite Bachelet's order placing the city's security under military command.

On Sunday, ingenious looters used long tubes of bamboo and plastic to siphon gasoline from underground tanks at a closed gasoline station.

Eduardo Aundez, a Spanish professor, watched with disgust as a soldier patiently waited for looters to rummage through a downtown store, then lobbed two tear gas canisters into the rubble to get them out.

"I feel abandoned" by authorities, he said. "We believe the government didn't take the necessary measures in time, and now supplies of food and water are going to be much more complicated."