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.


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.


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.


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


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


A cyclist near the destroyed San Francisco Church in Curicó.


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.