PM: Australia will offer "any possible assistance" to Chile

14:20, February 28, 2010      

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Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Sunday the Australian government will offer "any possible assistance" to the people of Chile after a massive earthquake hit the South American nation.

"Our thoughts are very much with the people of Chile today as they deal with this natural disaster," Kevin Rudd told journalists. "I've asked our diplomats in Santiago to convey to the Chilean government our offer of any possible assistance dealing with this natural disaster."

"This is going to be a real challenge for the natural disaster authorities there dealing not just with the destruction but also the loss of life as well."

Rudd did not detail the kind of assistance that could be offered.

The 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Chile, toppling buildings, cutting power and killing at least 300 people.

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