Chile picking up pieces after quake

  • 19/09/2015

The strong earthquake and consequent tsunami that hit Chile earlier this week killed 13 people and left six still missing, according to the latest government figures.

Thousands of people along the country's ravaged coast are still picking up the pieces of their broken lives after the 8.3-magnitude quake struck on Wednesday.

"The figure has risen to 13 dead," deputy interior minister Mahmud Aleuy told a news conference in the capital Santiago.

The 13th known victim was a man found by police along a beach in the port of Coquimbo, one of the hardest hit areas.

The offshore earthquake was the sixth strongest in the history of geologically volatile Chile and the most powerful anywhere in the world this year, officials say.

AFP