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3 Dead, 7 Missing After Chile Earthquake
May signal formation of new undersea volcano

22 Apr 07 - An earthquake in remote southern Chile shook free a landslide of rocks, sending them smashing into a narrow fjord and causing massive 25-foot waves that swept away 10 beachgoers. Three bodies were recovered Sunday.

"There were some boats in the area and waves destroyed them," said Juan Cayupi, a volcanologist investigating the incident for the government. "The boat we arrived in was thrown on top of a tree, partly destroyed."

Television footage showed roaring, white-capped waves in the ocean following the quake. Large trees on the coast were uprooted and dragged into the water.

The quake was centered about 35 miles northwest of the city of Coihaique, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Saturday's quake was the strongest of hundreds of quakes that have been felt in the area since Jan. 22. Authorities believe the seismic activity is related to the formation of a new undersea volcano.

See entire article by Eduardo Gallardo
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/04/22/international/i133311D80.DTL



     

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