Aftershocks Rock Chile

Government revises death toll amid tsunami confusion
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2010 2:52 PM CST
Aftershocks Rock Chile
People sleep in front of their damaged home in Concepcion, Chile, Friday, March 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

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."
(Read more Chile stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.