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UPDATE: Aftershocks continue to rattle Chile

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PELLUHUE, Chile (AP) -- Aftershocks continue to rattle Chile, days after the devastating 8.8 earthquake.

In the first 72 hours after Saturday's quake, there were 131 aftershocks of magnitude 5 or greater.

And officials continue to count the dead. Chile's National Disaster Office says almost 800 are now known to have died.

One town is using a church as a morgue. In another, people are burying the dead quickly because the funeral home has no electricity.

Most of the deaths came in communities along Chile's south-central Pacific coast, near the quake's epicenter, where tsunami waves swept the shore.

Aid is starting to arrive in Chile, including 25 satellite phones from the United States dropped off today by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She says much more aid will follow.

Argentina has flown in a field hospital, while Brazil and Peru are sending cargo planes with supplies, hospitals and doctors.

Chilean troops have been dispatched to the earthquake zone to discourage looting, and officials have begun handing out food and water.

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CONCEPCION, Chile (AP) -- Looting has eased in Chile's second-largest city after 1,500 troops arrived to enforce a curfew.

Nearly every store in Concepcion has been looted following the weekend earthquake that left much of the city in ruins. Some stores were set on fire.

Chile's president, Michelle Bachelet, says 14,000 soldiers and marines have been deployed for security across the earthquake zone, and hundreds of tons of food, water and other basics are being flown in.

The magnitude 8.9 quake early Saturday has killed at least 723 people. Most of the deaths have been in communities along Chile's south-central Pacific coast, closest to the epicenter.

The quake set off a tsunami that sent waves 200 yards into one resort town, destroying about 300 homes and dragging away a bus carrying 40 vacationing retirees.

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Details of U.S. aid to Chile will be worked out during Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's visit to the earthquake-damaged country.

Clinton arrived today with much-needed satellite communication equipment and a technician.

A State Department spokesman says Chile has also asked for a field hospital and water purification systems.

U.S. officials say Chile won't have to repay any U.S. assistance.

Before the weekend quake, Clinton had planned a longer stay in Chile, but she will now only spend a few hours there before heading to Brazil.

The death toll in the massive quake and resulting tsunami is more than 700.

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has arrived in earthquake-ravaged Chile to offer the devastated country moral and material support as it recovers from the deadly disaster.

Clinton flew into the capital of Santiago on Tuesday, delivering much-needed satellite communication equipment and a technician. It's a small portion of a first installment of what she says will be substantial U.S. relief assistance.

Before the weekend quake struck, Clinton had planned a longer stay in Chile, but she will now only spend a few hours there before heading to Brazil. Clinton is in the midst of a weeklong, six-nation tour of Latin America that has taken her already to Uruguay and Argentina.

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CONCEPCION, Chile (AP) -- The search for survivors has resumed at a toppled apartment building in the Chilean city of Concepcion.

Firefighters have already pulled 25 survivors and nine bodies from the structure, heavily damaged in Saturday's quake.

Security in the city is still a concern. A curfew that was in effect overnight has been extended until noon today, in an effort to crack down on looting.

Most markets in the city have been ransacked by looters, and by people desperate for food, water, toilet paper and other essentials. Troops were sent in, and dozens of arrests have been made.

All along the coast, in areas affected by the quake, food is scarce and destruction is widespread. In one community, the local church is serving as a morgue. In another, people quickly buried their dead because the funeral home has no electricity.

Chile's president says authorities are flying hundreds of tons of food, water and other basics into the region.

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UNDATED (AP) -- The World Health Organization says it expects the death toll to rise as communications improve in earthquake-ravaged Chile.

In Geneva, a U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman says Chile has requested specialized assistance. It needs include temporary bridges, field hospitals, satellite phones, electric generators, damage assessment teams, water purification systems, field kitchens and dialysis centers.

International aid has already started to flow. Argentina says it's sending six aircraft loaded with a field hospital, 55 doctors and water treatment plants. Brazil is sending a field hospital and rescue teams.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is bringing 20 satellite phones when she visits. It's the first part of a much larger U.S. aid package.

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