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Last Updated: Sunday February 28 2010 16:08 GMT

In pictures: Chile earthquake

A massive earthquake measuring 8.8 magnitude hit Chile in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A massive earthquake measuring 8.8 magnitude hit Chile in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The quake was one of the biggest ever recorded, and was the strongest Chile had seen in 50 years. Here authorities search for survivors.

The quake was one of the biggest ever recorded, and was the strongest Chile had seen in 50 years. Here authorities search for survivors.

The damage from the earthquake has been huge, with buildings falling and telephone and electricity lines coming down.

The damage from the earthquake has been huge, and at least 300 people have been killed.

One of the main problems was being able to communicate with people across the country, because telephone and electricity lines have come down since the tremor.

One of the main problems was being able to communicate with people across the country, because telephone and electricity lines came down in the tremor.

Soon after the earthquake struck, some people began to go into the damaged shops and steal the goods inside. The police tried to stop them.

Soon after the earthquake struck, some people began to go into damaged shops and steal the goods inside. The police have been trying to stop them.

The earthquake triggered massive waved throughout the Pacific Ocean. Experts like this one had to watch the waves carefully, in case they damaged coastal areas in other countries.

The earthquake triggered massive waved throughout the Pacific Ocean. Experts like this one had to watch the waves carefully, in case they hit other countries.

The earthquake triggered massive waves through the Pacific Ocean, and some coastal areas in Japan were evacuated and people took shelter in emergency centres.

Some coastal areas in Japan were evacuated and people took shelter in emergency centres.

Chile gets a lot of earthquakes. The biggest one of the 20th century struck the city of Valdivia in 1960.

Chile gets a lot of earthquakes. The biggest one of the 20th century struck the city of Valdivia in 1960.

The earthquake that hit last night is stronger than the one that hit Haiti in January. But Chile is a richer country and the emergency services have responded more quickly to the disaster.

The earthquake is stronger than the one that hit Haiti in January. But Chile is a richer country and the emergency services have responded more quickly to the disaster.

Travel through the affected areas in Chile has become very difficult because roads are damaged and some bridges, like this one, have fallen down.

Travel through the affected areas in Chile has become very difficult because roads are damaged and some bridges, like this one, have fallen down.

Here a man carries his belongings down the stairs in his apartment block. The outside wall of the building came down in the quake.

Here a man carries his belongings down the stairs in his apartment block. The outside wall of the building came down in the quake.