Massive Magnitude 8.8 Quake Hits Chile, Killing Dozens
A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, collapsing buildings, killing dozens and downing phone lines. President Michele Bachelet declared a "state of catastrophe" in central Chile and said the death toll was rising.
Chile's top emergency official said at least 78 people were killed
There have been a number of aftershocks to hit Chile since the quake, the largest one registering at magnitude 6.9, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
"It has been a devastating earthquake," Interior Minister Edmundo Perez Yoma told reporters.
Tsunami warnings were issued over a wide area, including South America, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Russia and many Pacific islands...