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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Strong earthquake hits Chile, Tsunami warning issued in region

A massive earthquake and a series of aftershocks have hit Chile, killing at least 17 people. The quake, with a magnitude of 8.8, caused blackouts in parts of the capital, Santiago. Buildings have been reduced to rubble - and phone lines have been brought down. Seismologists say the tremor has caused a tsunami - with three-metre-high waves heading towards Chile's coast. The most devastating earthquake in the country's history struck in 1960 - killing more than 1600 people.

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