Chile President : Quake Toll at 708

More than doubles the known dead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 28, 2010 1:03 PM CST
A man run away from tear gas, shot by police officers, during looting in Concepcion, Chile, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. A 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Chile early Saturday.    (Natacha Pisarenko)
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(Newser) – President Michelle Bachelet says that Chile's earthquake killed at least 708 people—sharply increasing the known death toll from about 300. The president tells a news conference that the country faces "a catastrophe of such unthinkable magnitude that it will require a giant effort" for Chile to recover. The announcement came after a six-hour meeting with aides and emergency officials coping with yesterday's magnitude-8.8 quake.

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