March 1st, 2010
03:36 PM ET

Death toll in Chile quake reaches 723

Karl Penhaul

Rescuers searched for survivors Monday as crews sought to deliver food and water and prevent looting after the fifth strongest earthquake in some 100 years ravaged central and southern Chile.

More than 1.5 million people were without power in and around the capital of Santiago, according to Chile's National Emergency Office, but the hardest-hit areas after Saturday's 8.8-magnitude quake were farther south in the Maule and Bio Bio regions along the coast.

Authorities said 544 of the 723 reported deaths were in Maule, where a sewer system collapsed, water towers were close to toppling and communities lacked basic services, the emergency office said.

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  1. Denise Barlow

    Karl Penhaul did amazing work reporting the situations in Haiti. I'm glad to see him in Chile doing the same. I hope the dead get more respect the the ones in Haiti did. And, that their family members can be informed so they can do whatever is neccessary.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  2. Annette

    Is there anything set up to find people who have not been heard from yet. Or how do we find out what the specific areas with damage on a map? Can we post a name or is there a list of names yet?

    March 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  3. Isabel, Brazil •

    It's very sad and scary!

    God help the people in Chile!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm |