Chile says earthquake and tsunami left 700 dead

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Associated Press
A man stands with his bicycle as he looks at a pile of damaged cars in Talcahuano, Chile, on Friday. An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Chile on Feb. 27, causing widespread damage.

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Chile's government now says 700 people were killed by last month's magnitude 8.8 earthquake and tsunami. And the ground continues to shake.

Chile's Interior Minister said today that 200 people previously listed as missing are being added to the 500 previously on the casualty list. He also called it the worst catastrophe in economic terms to strike Chile, with damage expected to reach nearly $30 billion. Of that figure, the minister says insurance is covering between $5 billion and $8 billion.

Chile's Public Works Minister estimates it will cost nearly $1.5 billion to rebuild the public infrastructure.

The country has been rocked by a serious of aftershocks since the original quake hit Feb. 27. The latest was a magnitude-6.7 temblor that rocked south-central Chile last night.

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