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Massive earthquake strikes Chile

2010-02-26

A massive earthquake with a magnitude of 8.8 struck Chile early this morning, killing at least six people and triggering a tsunami. The quake struck at 0634 GMT about 56 miles north-east of the city of Concepcion and 317km south-west of the capital, Santiago.

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet said more deaths were possible. Telephone and power lines were damaged, making assessment of the damage difficult.

"The country has just experienced an enormous earthquake," she told the BBC. "We are in the process of finding out about the effects of the quake across the region, the state of the roads and hospitals, the damage to buildings and of course the number of those killed and injured."

Children are the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and we will keep you posted on UNICEF's response to this emergency as news comes in.

Please donate to UNICEF's Children's Emergency Fund

For further information:

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications Specialist, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8866; Cell: (647) 500-4230, scarmichael@unicef.ca.
Tiffany Baggetta, Director, Communications and Brand, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8892; Cell: (647) 308-4806, tbaggetta@unicef.ca.