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Chilean president says rebuilding after quake could take years

DICHATO, Chile (AP) - President Michelle Bachelet says she's confident "Chile will rise" from the devastation of Saturday's magnitude 8.8 earthquake. But, she's estimating it will take three years to rebuild the hardest hit region.

The quake and the tsunami it triggered killed more than 800 people, and devastated communities along more than 300 miles of Chile's Pacific coast.

A new president takes office next week, and he's has already named new governors for the six hardest-hit regions and told them to get to work. Sebastian Pinera's immediate priorities are to find the missing, ensure law and order, restore utilities, and tend to the injured.

Meanwhile aftershocks continue. A 6.0-magnitude tremor shook the city of Concepcion early this morning, sending rattled residents running out of buildings in their nightclothes. They were back in the streets again several hours later, when a bigger aftershock with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 hit the city.


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