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Chile troops clash with looters after quake

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Monday, March 1, 2010

CONCEPCION, Chile — Troops fired teargas and imposed a curfew Monday to stop looters running off with trolleyloads of goods from the wreckage of Chile’s quake as rescuers scrabbled through rubble for survivors.

As President Michelle Bachelet said she expected the death toll of 708 to rise, the scale of the devastation wrought by Saturday’s 8.8-magnitude quake was becoming clear from seaside towns and villages engulfed by giant waves.


State television reported that more than 300 bodies had been found in the swamped fishing village of Constitucion alone, leaving survivors to stare in disbelief at the seaweed clinging to what was left of their livelihoods.

The mayor of Chile’s worst-hit main city of Concepcion pleaded urgently for help as rescuers with heat detectors hunted for dozens of people believed to be trapped in a 15-story apartment block toppled on its side by the quake.

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