Deadly earthquake hits Chile

Central Chile was hit with a massive earthquake Saturday, causing extensive damage in what is supposed to be the fifth largest earthquake in recorded history.

The earthquake was of a magnitude of 8.8 and struck near the middle of the long South American country, the Guardian said.

A "state of catastrophe" was issued by the Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, who said that the country was doing everything it could to provide help to those affected, said the Guardian.

Over two million people are displaced and the current death toll sits at 711 but is expected to continue to rise, the New York Times said.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to meet with Bachelet on Tuesday to discuss how the United States can help, said the New York Times.

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