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Last Updated: Thursday November 15 2007 15:59 GMT

In pictures: Earthquake hits Chile

Debris from the earthquake in Tocopilla, Chile

A huge earthquake has hit northern Chile in south America. It measured 7.7 on the Richter scale - which measures how strong the quakes are.

With the electricity down, residents of Maria Elena, Chile, are forced to use a torch, 14 Nov 2007

Power lines were knocked down in towns across the region leaving loads of people without electricity.

Tins and packets of food fell off shop shelves onto the floor during the quake

Loads of tins and packets of food fell from the shelves and onto the floor of this supermarket in the mining town of Maria Elena.

A car is crushed by the concrete awning of a hotel in Tocopilla, Chile, 14 November, 2007

In the city of Antofagasta, cars were crushed when part of this hotel collapsed.

Residents walk in the earthquake-hit town of Maria Elena, Chile, 14 November, 2007

The centre of the quake hit the town of Calam, but there were reports that it could be felt 1,260km away in the capital Santiago.

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