Looting Commences in Chile As Death Toll Rises

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Chileans walking with looted goods while police look on. Photo: Daniel Garcia/AFP

In the wake of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile yesterday, sources are reporting that widespread looting has broken out in Concepcion, the country’s second-largest city. Television footage shows people running from department stores and markets carrying items, and police spraying tear gas into a supermarket to fend off looters, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Times reports that the situation has been somewhat mitigated by a deal between the government and supermarket chains to hand out food to residents in need. The death toll of the quake is now at over 700, with potentially thousands of people still unaccounted for. [NYT, Dispatch/WSJ]