Chile rescuers find signs of life
(AP) - Rescuers found signs of life in thewreckage of a 15-story building Monday as the world offered aid tovictims of an earthquake that killed more than 700 people. Troopsand police arrested dozens of people for violating a curfewdesigned to prevent looting.
The toll of dead rose to 723, with 19 others missing, theNational Emergency Office announced, in a magnitude-8.8 quake thatPresident Michelle Bachelet called "an emergency without parallelin Chile's history."
Some coastal towns were almost obliterated - first shaken by thequake, then slammed by a tsunami that carried whole houses inlandand crushed others into piles of sticks. Shocked survivors wereleft without power, water or food.
In Concepcion, the biggest city near the epicenter, rescuersheard the knock of trapped victims inside a toppled 70-unitapartment building and began to drill through thick walls to reachthem, said fire department Commander Juan Carlos Subercaseux.
Only the chop of military helicopters flying overhead broke thesilence demanded by rescuers straining to hear signs of life insidethe building.