Chile earthquake death toll revised down to 279
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The official death toll from the massive 8.8 earthquake that devastated Chile on February 27 has been sharply revised down by the country’s government.
The initial figures had 802 people as dead, but that number has now been reduced to 279.
The government has not offered any explanation, but announced an official three-day period of national mourning from Sunday.
The massive quake had plunged much of national capital Santiago into darkness, snapping power lines and severing communications. The international airport was also closed after sustaining significant damage to a terminal.
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