On Feb. 27, (At 3:34 am local time)the day the 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile, the death toll was placed at 214. Even though officials said they expected it to rise, the nation was shocked when 24 hours later, it had risen to more than 700. Throughout the week the numbers crept up slowly, to 802 officially dead and a further 2 million made homeless, but many more, including tourists camping on the coast are thought to have been dragged into the Pacific Ocean by the 40ft-high tsunami that followed.
- It ranks as thesixth largest earthquake ever to be recorded by a seismograph.
A flooded area is seen after an earthquake in Pelluhue, some 322 kms, about 200 miles, southwest of Santiago, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010.
|A resident walks along a damaged street in Talca, Chile, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, after a powerful earthquake struck central Chile.|
Final death figure could be over 1,000, officials warn, and relief operation hampered by widespread looting