Aftershocks Rock Chile
Government revises death toll amid tsunami confusion
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2010 2:52 PM CST
People sleep in front of their damaged home in Concepcion, Chile, Friday, March 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
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(Newser) – Aftershocks continue to hit southern Chile a week after the earthquake that killed hundreds and set off deadly tsunamis. Tremors up to a magnitude of 6.6 are terrifying residents of the city of Concepcion and the surrounding areas. "It was terrible," one resident told Reuters. "The three aftershocks that we just felt were very strong. I don't know when this is going to end."

The government has revised its previously reported death toll of 802. Only 279 deaths have been confirmed, though many bodies are unidentified. Confusion over the death toll spread because many victims who survived the initial quake were killed in the ensuing tsunamis—a tragedy worsened by a failure in the government's storm-warning system. That failure has prompted harsh criticism of Chile's National Emergency Office, with a former head of the office calling the handling of the disaster "a comedy of errors."