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An 8.8 earthquake, 100 times more powerful than the one that devastated Haiti, struck Chile early Saturday morning, leveling buildings and bridges and killing at least 708 people. Along with trying to rescue survivors, Chilean officials sent in more than 10,000 troops to control looting. A curfew is also in place.

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Tsunami Warnings Were Issued But Lifted For Pacific Rim

According to CNN.com, “People in Hawaii were evacuating coastal areas, filling sandbags and stocking up on essential supplies in preparation for the Chile quake-triggered tsunami.”

Sirens sounded early Saturday morning across Hawaii, warning people of a possible tsunami and telling people to in coastal areas to evacuate, hours after a 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile.

Grocery stores are being bombarded with shoppers preparing for hours or possible days away from home in emergency shelters or the houses of friends. After several hours, the Tsunami warning was lifted.

Read up to date information on the Chile recovery efforts at CNN.com.

Social Networks Keep People Connected

Again, social networking sites Twitter and Facebook continue to connect Chile residents to people from around the world. Click on the links below to follow updates on the Tsunami warnings on Twitter and The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center:

CLICK HERE Twitter – Chile Earthquake & Tsunami Warnings

CLICK HERE Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

The earthquake left several people searching for loved ones and family members.

CLICK HERE to get updated information on how to contact relatives and friends in Chile at NowPublic.com.

How You Can Help

American Red Cross — The Red Cross has made an initial pledge of $50,000 from theirInternational Response Fund, which you can contribute to to further assist.

Save The Children — Save The Children is sending an emergency assessment team to Chile, and they are asking for contributions to their Children’s Emergency Fund to aid these efforts.

AmeriCares — Vice President of Emergency Response, Christoph Gorder, says AmeriCares issending medical supplies and humanitarian aid to Chile. Make a direct contribution to AmeriCares’ Chilean earthquake fund.

World Vision — World Vision is sending emergency relief supplies and staff to Chile to help injured survivors. Donate to World Vision’s Disaster Response Fund to directly contribute to aid heading to Chile.

Visit NewsOne.com for additional updates on the relief efforts in Chile and Tsunami preparations.

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