U.S. says ready to provide help to quake-stricken Chile

10:32, February 28, 2010      

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Saturday the United States is monitoring situation in quake-stricken Chile, and is ready to provide assistance.

"We are closely monitoring the situation, including the potential for a tsunami. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Chile, and we stand ready to help in this hour of need," Gibbs told reporters.

A magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck the coast of Chile at dawn Saturday, and the U.S. state of Hawaii is bracing for a potentially damaging tsunami after the earthquake sent waves across the Pacific Ocean, threatening nearly every nation around it.

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