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Last Updated: Tuesday March 02 2010 07:50 GMT

Army move in to quake hit Chile

Army on streets of Chile

Thousands of troops are being sent out on to the streets in Chile to stop people from stealing food and water from shops following the earthquake.

Supermarkets remain closed in the worst hit city of Concepcion but that hasn't stopped people breaking in and taking food from shop shelves.

Some people have even stolen things like plasma TV's, and the army will try and stop from happening.

So far 723 people have died in the quake which measured 8.8 in strength.

Rescue workers help a woman injured in the Chile earthquake
Rescue workers help a woman injured in the Chile earthquake

Concepcion is the city closest to where the quake struck on Saturday. At the moment people there are allowed to walk about on the streets from 8pm until midday.

Rescue teams are still trying to reach people trapped in damaged buildings. And the air force is flying in supplies to some of the worst affected areas.


The earthquake struck in the middle of the night off the coast of Chile.

There have also been a number of aftershocks, which are smaller quakes that happen soon after the big one.

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

It was 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.