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Chile Earthquake 2010: Latest Updates, Video

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First Posted: 05/01/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:40 PM ET

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.

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