Chilean earthquake: in pictures

Photographs of the destruction caused by the 8.8-magnitude quake.

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The huge earthquake in Chile has left more than 300 people dead and has set off a tsunami that is now making its way across the Pacific.

The 8.8 quake -- one of the biggest ever -- caused widespread and heavy damage to roads and buildings, including in the capital, Santiago, where a chemical plant caught fire.

President Michelle Bachelet said that two million people had been affected by the disaster.

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The rubble of a collapsed bridge in Santiago. The earthquake was the greatest to hit Chile in 50 years and one of the strongest ever measured.

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Cars are seen flipped over after the bridge collapsed. The quake was felt as far away as São Paulo, in Brazil -- 1,800 miles to the east.

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Smoke from a burning building on the outskirts of the city fills the sky.

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Two men pass by a wrecked car and rubble in Curicó, a city 250 kilometres south of Santiago.

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A cyclist near the destroyed San Francisco Church in Curicó.

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Rescue workers help an injured woman in Concepción, a village 500 kilometres south of Santiago.

All photographs from AFP/Getty Images.

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George Eaton is assistant editor of the New Statesman.